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What should you do before a spinal tap if you have diabetes?

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If you have diabetes:

  • Take your usual dose of insulin and eat a light breakfast on the morning of your test.
  • When you arrive for the test, be sure to remind the doctor that you have diabetes.

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine. “Prepare for a Procedure: Lumbar Puncture.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF).”

Mayo Clinic. “Migraine: Diagnosis.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 29, 2018

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine. “Prepare for a Procedure: Lumbar Puncture.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF).”

Mayo Clinic. “Migraine: Diagnosis.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 29, 2018

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