During a lumbar puncture, a needle is placed into the subarachnoid space of the spinal column.
Also Known As:
- Puncture of spine
- Spinal puncture
- Spinal tap
- Cerebrospinal fluid collection
- Cerebrospinal fluid examination
Conditions Treated with a Lumbar Puncture:
A lumbar puncture may be performed in cases of pain. It can also be used to drain cerebrospinal fluid, measure pressure in the subarachnoid space, administer drugs, and diagnose conditions such as brain and spinal cord tumors, meningitis, multiple sclerosis, cerebral hemorrhage, encephalitis, acute demyelinating neuropathy, autoimmune diseases, degenerative brain diseases, Reye syndrome, Guillain-Barre syndrome and inhalation of anthrax.