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What happens when you get a spinal tap to help diagnose transverse myelitis?

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When you get a spinal tap, your doctor puts a needle in between two vertebrae (bones in your back) to take a sample of the fluid that surrounds your brain and spinal cord. If tests show that that fluid has more disease-fighting white blood cells or certain proteins than it should, you might have an infection.

From: What Is Transverse Myelitis? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Transverse myelitis: Diagnosis & treatment,” “Transverse myelitis: Symptoms & causes,” "Transverse Myelitis."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Transverse Myelitis Fact Sheet.”

National Organization for Rare Diseases: “Transverse Myelitis.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Transverse Myelitis."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "What Is Transverse Myelitis?"

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Transverse myelitis: Diagnosis & treatment,” “Transverse myelitis: Symptoms & causes,” "Transverse Myelitis."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Transverse Myelitis Fact Sheet.”

National Organization for Rare Diseases: “Transverse Myelitis.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Transverse Myelitis."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "What Is Transverse Myelitis?"

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 10, 2018

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