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When should you call a doctor after a spinal tap?

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Call your doctor right away if after a spinal tap you:

  • Notice any unusual drainage, including bloody discharge, at the puncture site
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  • Have a headache that won’t go away
  • Have worsening pain

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

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Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 05, 2018

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