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What happens after 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. After the procedure, you’ll need to lie flat for some time, depending on the reason for your test. You’ll need to avoid vigorous exercise for a couple of days. If you have a headache, lie down as much as possible and drink lots of fluids. Even if you don’t have a headache, drink 2 ½ quarts of liquid on the day and the day after your spinal tap.

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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