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While hearing you need a spinal tap, or lumbar puncture, may cause worry, this neurological procedure is very safe and can effectively diagnosis a neurological condition.
Your lumbar puncture will be done in your lower back using a spinal tap needle. A skilled neurologist at Dignity Health Central Coast will perform your spinal tap with expertise and personal care. Find a Doctor to schedule your spinal tap on the Central Coast of California.
Your doctor may perform a lumbar puncture to determine the following neurological conditions:
Skilled Dignity Health Central Coast doctors also perform lumbar punctures to directly deliver medications into your spinal cord area. Throughout your spinal tap procedure, your doctor focuses on your care, dignity, and respect for your health and well-being.
A spinal tap involves the collection of collect a sample of clear liquid, called cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). You should expect to spend approximately 45 minutes in one of our Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals. The steps of the procedure are as follows:
One of the risks of your spinal tap is bleeding around your spinal cord. You are carefully monitored by a trusted doctor for several minutes after the lumbar puncture.
Lying flat on your back to relieve pressure will help to reduce excessive bleeding or spinal fluid leakage. Taking the time to rest after the procedure is very important.
Headache is the most common lumbar puncture complication. When the pressure inside of your head changes from the spinal test, you can get a severe headache. Report this and any other symptoms to your doctor.
Talk to your doctor to see if a spinal tap can help lead to a diagnosis for your neurological condition today.
Dignity Health neurological care provides a range of comprehensive services, including spinal tap, on California’s Central Coast.