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Epilepsy and the Spinal Tap

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When to Contact the Doctor After a Spinal Tap

After a spinal tap, call your local doctor immediately if:

  • You notice any unusual drainage, including bloody discharge, at the puncture site
  • You develop a fever
  • Your headache persists
  • Your pain symptoms worsen

After the Spinal Tap

You will be monitored for a few hours after a spinal tap procedure. At that time, the nurse will discuss post-procedure instructions with you. You will be provided with a written form of these instructions to follow at home.

The results of your spinal tap will be discussed with the doctor who ordered it within 24 hours.

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Reviewed by Jon Glass on June 16, 2012
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