Lumbar puncture using image guidance

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​Learn what a lumbar puncture is and why it is done. Also find information about what will happen to your child before, during and after the procedure.

Key points

  • A lumbar puncture is a procedure where a small needle is inserted into the spinal canal to take a sample of cerebrospinal fluid.
  • Lumbar punctures are considered to be low-risk procedures.
  • Most children go home on the same day as their procedure.
  • Your child's bandage can be removed after 24 hours.
  • You can give your child acetaminophen for pain if needed.
Last updated: February 8th 2018