A lumbar puncture, also known as a spinal tap, may be required or recommended to treat or diagnose a condition. At Michigan Neurology Associates & Pain Consultants, we understand your need to undergo the procedure conveniently and to receive results quickly. That’s why we offer on-site lumbar puncture tests to patients across Clinton Township & St. Clair Shores, MI, along with the surrounding areas on every weekday (from Monday to Friday).
A lumbar puncture test is performed on your lower back ( lumbar spine) with local anesthesia. Collecting a sample of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is often necessary to accurately diagnose diseased of the spinal cord and brain. Some spinal fluid pressure or flow abnormalized can also be identified by this approach.
A lumbar puncture test is required to diagnose:
In these instances, a lumbar puncture is performed to measure the pressure level of CSF using a manometer. Excess CSF may be therapeutically removed in individuals who experience decreased absorption or overproduction of the fluid.
A lumbar puncture is also required to inject medication directly into the spinal canal, such as:
The lumbar puncture process occurs in our certified Ambulatory Surgery Center. You will be asked to wear a provided procedural gown and remove any accessories (hairpins, jewelry, eyeglasses, or other objects) that may interfere with your procedure. We will also request for you to empty your bladder before beginning the procedure.
During the procedure, we will:
Post-procedure, you will be observed for any signs of a complication.
To properly reduce the possibility of a post lumbar puncture headache:
At Michigan Neurology Associates & Pain Consultants, we have certified specialists to perform X-ray guided lumbar puncture with the utmost attention to detail and your comfort. Schedule an appointment today to receive quality care.Request an Appointment