Spinal Tap Care
Spinal Tap Details
Alternate Names for Spinal Tap:
Cerebrospinal fluid analysis
Cerebrospinal fluid tap
Prior to the procedure, your doctor will likely do the following:
- CT scan of the head -a type of x-ray that uses a computer to make pictures
- Clean the site where the needle will be inserted
Local anesthesia-just a small area is numbed; given as an injectionDescription of Procedure
You will lie on your side with your knees drawn up to your abdomen. Sometimes, the procedure is done while you sit on the edge of the bed. A needle will be inserted into the spinal canal through the lower back. The doctor will take a sample of CSF through the needle. The pressure of the CSF will be measured. If you have discomfort, the needle may need to be repositioned. It may take several minutes for the doctor to collect all the fluid he needs. Once the doctor is done, the needle will be taken out, and a dressing will be placed.Immediately After Procedure
You will lie down for 10-15 minutes. Unless you have a severe headache, you will be able to go home.How Long Will It Take?
About 30-45 minutes from setup to completionWill It Hurt?
Discomfort is minimal to moderate. The anesthetic will sting when first injected.Post-procedure Care
When you return home after the procedure, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
- Drink extra fluids for the next 24 hours.
- Rest and remain quiet for at least 24 hours.
- Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions .
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