Spinal Tap Procedure
The purpose of a spinal tap, also called lumbar puncture or LP, is to get a sample of the fluid from the spinal column to find out if there is an infection or bleeding. The most common reasons people need this procedure include severe headache, fever with a stiff neck or vomiting, or confusion.
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