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lumbar puncture


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The insertion of a hollow needle beneath the arachnoid membrane of the spinal cord in the lumbar region to withdraw cerebrospinal fluid for diagnostic purposes or to administer medication.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A diagnostic and at times therapeutic procedure performed to collect a sample of cerebrospinal fluid for biochemical, microbiological, and cytological analysis, or rarely to relieve increased intracranial pressure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. removal by centesis of fluid from the subarachnoid space of the lumbar region of the spinal cord for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes


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  • Yep, same thing. Poor bilby. *shudders*

    September 12, 2008

  • Is this the same thing as a spinal tap?

    September 12, 2008

  • Not pleasant. I had one of these when I was hospitalised with dengue fever. Delirium does not help you lie still while a trainee nurse is fiddling around in your spinal column.

    September 12, 2008