Lumbar Puncture (LP or Spinal Tap) Center

A lumbar puncture or "LP" is a procedure whereby spinal fluid is removed from the spinal canal for the purpose of diagnostic testing. It is particularly helpful in the diagnosis of inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system, especially infections, such as meningitis. A lumbar puncture is also known as a spinal tap. Read more: Lumbar Puncture (LP or Spinal Tap) Article

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