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What are side effects and risks of a spinal tap?

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A spinal tap, also called a lumbar puncture, uses a needle to draw fluid that surrounds your spinal cord for an exam. As many as 1 in 5 people may get a spinal headache. Sometimes, a small blood vessel can get pierced during a spinal tap. You’ll bleed but you won’t need treatment. A spinal tap normally doesn’t hurt, but you may feel some twinges of pain if the needle brushes against nerve tissue.

From: Epilepsy and the Spinal Tap WebMD Medical Reference

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Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library. 

Cedars-Sinai.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 05, 2018

SOURCES: 

Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library. 

Cedars-Sinai.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 05, 2018

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