Most People Would Prefer to Steer Clear of a Lumbar Puncture or Spinal Tap Test. When this form of invasive testing is required it should be done by experienced hands, such Testing is readily available in Clinton Township & St. Clair Shores, MI

Get an accurate diagnosis of a possible infection or inflammatory neurological disorders via an X-ray guided lumbar puncture at Michigan Neurology Associates & Pain Consultants.

A Quick and Convenient Lumbar Puncture Test Near You

Quick and Convenient Lumbar Puncture Tests Near You

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).

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What Is a Lumbar Puncture Test?

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.

Conditions That May Involve a Lumbar Puncture Test

A lumbar puncture test is required to diagnose:

  • Meningitis - Inflammation of the membrane covering the spinal cord and brain
  • Encephalitis - Inflammation of the brain tissue
  • Contain forms of Dementia - Impairment of memory and thinking abilities
  • Demyelinating or inflammatory Diseases - Multiple sclerosis and acute demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage - Bleeding around the brain
  • Myelitis - Inflammation of the spinal cord
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome - When a part of the nervous system attacked by the immune system
  • Cancers - Certain types may involve your spinal cord or brain
  • Neurosyphilis - Or a late stage of Lyme disease
  • Various high or low pressure CSF Syndromes - Hydro Cephalus, Pseudo Tumor Cerebri, N.P.H.

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:

  • Anesthesia before surgeries
  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Contrast dye for X-ray studies

Lumbar Puncture Testing Procedure at Michigan Neurology Associates & Pain Consultants

Before the Procedure

You must:

  • Avoid food and beverages two (2) hours before the procedure
  • Stop taking medications (such as blood thinners) that may complicate your procedure
  • Inform us if you are allergic to local anesthetics, have bleeding tendencies or any active infections.

During the Procedure

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:

  • Ask you to lie or sit on the exam table in a curved position.
  • The procedure site will be sterilized with an antiseptic solution then local anesthesia will be infiltrated into the local skin to numb the area.
  • A needle into your subarachnoid space will collect a sample of your CSF. You may feel some light pressure while the needle is directed by X-ray guidance and you are required to remain still throughout the procedure.
  • The needle is then removed and the site is bandaged.

After the Procedure

Post-procedure, you will be observed for any signs of a complication.

To properly reduce the possibility of a post lumbar puncture headache:

  • You should drink plenty of fluids to replace the CSF removed during the procedure.
  • Lay still for at least one hour to allow the puncture site to seal.
  • Avoid strenuous activities for 24 hours.
  • Contact us if you experience any abnormalities after returning home, such as headaches, drainage, or pain and redness at the puncture site.
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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.

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