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One test for epilepsy is a spinal tap (also called a lumbar puncture). This is a procedure in which fluid surrounding the spinal cord (called the cerebrospinal fluid or CSF) is withdrawn through a needle and examined in a lab.

From: Epilepsy and the Spinal Tap WebMD Medical Reference

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Cedars-Sinai.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 05, 2018

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Johns Hopkins Medicine Health Library. 

Cedars-Sinai.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 05, 2018

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