Epilepsy and the Spinal Tap
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.