Spinal Tap in Thailand

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 This is a procedure in which fluid surrounding the spinal cord (called the cerebrospinal fluid or CSF) is withdrawn through a needle and examined in a lab.

The main reason for lumbar puncture is to help diagnose diseases of the central nervous system, including brain and spine. 

Lumbar Puncture is to Diagnose 

  • Meningitis 
  • Subarachnoid
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Hydrocephalus 
  • Inflammation of the brain
  • Encephalitis 

A lumbar puncture is most commonly performed to obtain a sample of the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal called. Examination of the fluid can be crucial in diagnosing diseases.

Spinal tap can also be done to treat diseases, and a way of administering antibiotics, cancer drugs, or anesthetic agents into the spinal canal. Spinal fluid is sometimes removed by lumbar puncture for the purpose of decreasing spinal fluid pressure in patients with uncommon conditions (such as, normal-pressure hydrocephalus and benign intracranial hypertension)

The spinal fluid contains glucose (sugar), proteins, and other substances found in the blood. An examination fluid will show the number and types of white blood cells, the level of glucose, the types and levels of proteins, and the presence of bacteria, fungi or abnormal cells. 

A spinal may also be performed to:

  • Measure the pressure around the brain and spinal cord
  • Give spinal anesthesia
  • Relieve pressure in the head
  • Inject dye for an X-ray diagnostic test
  • Inject medications 

Getting lumbar puncture is a crucial process that needs a professional to secure a successful procedure. 

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