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Spinal Tap (cont.)

After the Procedure

  • You may be asked to lie flat on your back for a time after the spinal tap. This is to reduce the possibility of headaches. Drinking fluids, especially caffeine products such as tea, coffee, and cola can also help to reduce headaches.
  • Your puncture site may be sore for one to two days similar to soreness in your arm after receiving an immunization or having blood drawn.
  • As with any procedure where the skin is punctured, the area should be monitored for signs of infection. Redness, swelling, pus from the area, or increasing tenderness to touch should prompt immediate attention from a doctor.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/13/2014
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