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During a lumbar puncture, the physician will insert a needle into your child's lower spine to:
Your child will be placed on his side or stomach. We will inject local numbing medicine into the area around the spine. Using ultrasound or live X-ray (fluoroscopy) for guidance, the doctor will insert a needle into the spinal space. Once the needle is in the correct position, fluid will be removed and sent to the laboratory and/or medicine will be injected.
We will use either light sedation or a local numbing medicine depending on your child's age and medical history.
The procedure is considered low-risk. However, potential complications include:
There might be mild bruising or tenderness in the lower back for a day or two.
After the procedure is complete, your child will need to lie on his back in the recovery area for one hour to minimize the chance of having a headache. Then your child will be able to go home or return to his hospital room.
We will place a Band-Aid® or clear bandage and gauze over the site. Keep the area dry for 24 hours. After 24 hours, you may remove the bandage and your child may shower or take a bath as usual.