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Lumbar Puncture

A lumbar puncture (also called a spinal tap) is a procedure to collect and look at the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) surrounding the brain and spinal cord. A thin needle is inserted into the spinal canal

At Haematology Day Stay these are done routinely for diagnosis of certain conditions, when a small amount of CSF is removed for analyse in the laboratory.

Treatment with Chemotherapy may also be inserted into the spinal fluid for certain conditions.

This page was last updated at 7:35AM on October 4, 2021.