spinal tap


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Recent Examples on the Web Biogen is also picking up some of the laboratory costs for patients who get a spinal tap. Julie Appleby, CNN, 23 July 2021 Before prescribing it, doctors will want to first make sure their patient’s brain has amyloid buildup, which typically requires an imaging scan or spinal tap that usually aren’t covered by medical insurance, Dr. Isaacson said. Joseph Walker, WSJ, 7 June 2021 Based on conversations with Biogen, the insurer estimated about 1.2 million to 1.5 million people have mild forms of the disease and could be eligible for amyloid testing via a PET scan or spinal tap. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 22 June 2021 To qualify for the drug, patients must have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and undergo blood tests, a spinal tap or brain scans to check for the presence of beta amyloid. Anna Kuchment, Dallas News, 12 June 2021 Seay signed up as a research participant himself, even volunteering to undergo a spinal tap. Usha Lee Mcfarling, STAT, 7 June 2021 Physicians, suspecting meningitis, were preparing to do a spinal tap when her brain scan results identified the culprit — a vein had ruptured in Edwards’ brain. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Mar. 2021 Each painful spinal tap produced less than a quarter of a teaspoon of fluid, and the amount and quality depended on who was doing the procedure. Jason Dearen, Star Tribune, 23 Feb. 2021 A dozen tubes of blood were sent to the lab, along with fluid obtained from a spinal tap. New York Times, 12 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of spinal tap

1947, in the meaning defined above

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16 Aug 2021

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“Spinal tap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spinal%20tap. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spinal tap

: 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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