Jefferson University Hospitals

Spinal Tap

Physicians at Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience are experienced in using spinal tap (also known as lumbar puncture) in developing an accurate diagnosis of neurological conditions, such as meningitis, encephalitis, bleeding around the brain, certain cancers and inflammatory conditions of the nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis and Guillain-Barre syndrome.

What Does Spinal Tap Involve?

During a spinal tap, a special needle is placed into the lower back, into the spinal canal. The pressure in the spinal canal and brain can then be measured. A small amount of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) can be removed and sent for testing to determine if there is an infection or other problems.

Why Choose Jefferson for Neurologic Care in Philadelphia?

Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience is the only hospital in the region dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions, and our physicians and researchers are on the leading edge of diagnosing and treating these serious conditions.