Lumbar Puncture

Starts from $30

About Lumbar Puncture

Lumbar Puncture in India starts from $30. The total cost of the treatment depends on the diagnosis and facilities opted by the patient.

A lumbar puncture is sometimes called a “spinal tap.” It’s a medical procedure that can involve collecting a sample of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). CSF is the fluid that surrounds your spinal cord and brain. A laboratory can test it for signs of certain medical conditions and infections.

Frequently asked questions about Lumbar Puncture

A lumbar puncture can help your doctor accurately diagnose or rule out certain medical conditions, including some life threatening illnesses. The quicker they make a diagnosis, the sooner you can make choices about treatment. Some conditions, such as bacterial meningitis, can be fatal if not treated quickly.

A spinal tap procedure can also help your doctor give you some types of medication.

A lumbar puncture is generally considered safe, but it can involve some risks. About 10% of people who get a lumbar puncture develop a headache afterward. A headache might come on within a few hours or a few days.

In a 2020 study Trusted Source of 117 people who had a lumbar puncture, 13 experienced a headache after the procedure. Those were more likely to be younger and have a lower volume of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in their body.

Other potential risks include tenderness or pain in your lower back and bleeding near the puncture site. You may experience some pain and numbness that shoots down your legs. In rare cases, people experience brain herniation, which is the movement of brain tissue from its normal position in your skull. This is uncommon.

Tell your doctor about all of the medications you’re taking and ask them if you should stop taking any of them before a spinal tap procedure. For example, they may advise you to stop taking blood thinners, such as aspirin or warfarin.

Your doctor may also order a CT or MRI scan before your lumbar puncture. They can use it to check for signs of swelling around your brain or other problems.

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