spinal tap

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To get the drug, Marian must travel, back and forth, from California to Chicago once every two weeks in order to have a spinal tap, which is how the medication is administered. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "This 18-Month-Old Girl Has "Childhood Alzheimer's" and Needs Your Help," 6 Apr. 2017 Even then, the tests are very expensive and cumbersome, involving brain scans and spinal taps. Alison Abbott, Scientific American, "Is "Friendly Fire" in the Brain Provoking Alzheimer's Disease?," 24 Apr. 2018 The next morning, the suit says, Harlan again decided against a spinal tap and asked Peters’ wife, Shelley Peters, about her husband’s alcohol intake. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Lawsuit says doctor wouldn’t check for what killed his patient: Meningitis," 20 Feb. 2018 The main problem is that measuring this type of pressure requires an invasive procedure, such as a spinal tap or drilling a hole in one’s skull, which cannot safely be done in space. Alex Stuckey, San Antonio Express-News, "Why can’t male astronauts see in space? NASA, Texas researchers aim to find out," 7 Jan. 2018 Heavily sedated, Rion was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit with a fever, and was given a spinal tap to look for an infection capable of triggering seizures, such as meningitis. Sandra G. Boodman, chicagotribune.com, "Doctors thought they knew the cause of a teen's seizures. So why didn't he get better?," 19 Dec. 2017 Many of those patients suffer through invasive and painful procedures during their years of treatments, including vein punctures, spinal taps, surgery and chemotherapy. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Dogs bring 'a little light' into 'nightmare' of childhood cancer," 22 Dec. 2017 Heavily sedated, Rion was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit with a fever, and was given a spinal tap to look for an infection capable of triggering seizures, such as meningitis. Sandra G. Boodman, chicagotribune.com, "Doctors thought they knew the cause of a teen's seizures. So why didn't he get better?," 19 Dec. 2017 Heavily sedated, Rion was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit with a fever, and was given a spinal tap to look for an infection capable of triggering seizures, such as meningitis. Sandra G. Boodman, Washington Post, "Doctors thought they knew the cause of a teen’s terrible seizures. So why didn’t he get better?," 16 Dec. 2017

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spinal tap

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English Language Learners Definition of spinal tap

medical : a procedure in which a needle is inserted into the spinal cord in order to take out fluid or inject medicine

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