lumbar puncture


Definition of lumbar puncture

: puncture of the subarachnoid space in the lumbar region of the spinal cord to withdraw cerebrospinal fluid or inject anesthetic drugs

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Recent Examples on the Web That month, Jaden finally underwent several blood tests, including one for diabetes, which came back negative, and a lumbar puncture. Joelle Goldstein,, "10-Year-Old Boy Diagnosed with 2 Brain Tumors: 'Your Soul Leaves Your Body,' Says Dad," 28 Aug. 2020 Doctors often need to perform a lumbar puncture, otherwise known as spinal tap, to sample spinal fluid and look for signs of inflammation and abnormal antibodies. Aarti Sarwal, The Conversation, "Rare neurological disorder, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, linked to COVID-19," 7 July 2020 After the test, she was transferred back to the Royal Oak campus and admitted to the pediatric ICU for sedation and a series of tests, including a lumbar puncture. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Rare condition leads to 5-year-old Michigan girl succumbing to COVID-19," 20 Apr. 2020 Skylar was then admitted to the pediatric ICU at the hospital -- located in a northern suburb of Detroit, Mich., -- where she was given a lumbar puncture and the family learned of her meningitis condition. Fox News, "Michigan girl, 5, daughter of first responders, dies from coronavirus: report," 20 Apr. 2020 But Bennett thought that delivering them directly to the cerebrospinal fluid via lumbar puncture might work. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "A Breakthrough in Genetic Medicine for Rare Diseases," 3 Mar. 2020 There’s been a bone marrow aspiration, platelet transfusions, a lumbar puncture and chemotherapy, too. oregonlive, "Canzano: What will the Oregon Ducks learn from their brutal loss to Auburn?," 31 Aug. 2019 Blue Horizon treatments include injecting cells into an injured area of the body, an IV infusion of the cells for anti-aging effects, or in the case of treating brain injuries, a lumbar puncture. Sarah Blaskey, miamiherald, "Step right up, get your hair-growth helmets, plus placenta face creams AND zero-gravity chairs," 14 Apr. 2018 It is injected into the cerebrospinal fluid through a lumbar puncture. Bradley J. Fikes,, "Ionis drug for Huntington's disease shows early signs of effectiveness," 2 Mar. 2018

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1895, in the meaning defined above

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“Lumbar puncture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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Medical Definition of lumbar puncture

: puncture of the subarachnoid space in the lumbar region of the spinal cord to withdraw cerebrospinal fluid or inject anesthetic drugs

called also spinal tap

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