spinal tap


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Pansino, 34, revealed Tuesday that through these tests, doctors discovered an internal infection, and even performed a spinal tap. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, "YouTube Star Rosanna Pansino Hospitalized with 'Major Internal Infection'," 26 June 2019 MRIs, CT scans, spinal taps, along with discoveries about the brain’s chemistry have changed our view of migraine. Sibbie O'sullivan, Washington Post, "Migraines have plagued me for years. A new book puts my pain in perspective.," 10 June 2019 It is injected into the spinal fluid through a spinal tap. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "One Family’s Struggle to Get Their Daughter Lifesaving Medication," 20 Jan. 2019 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

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1947, in the meaning defined above

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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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