How long do spinal tap results take?

How long does it take to get spinal fluid results?

The doctor or nurse who performs the lumbar puncture can often tell you some of the results straight away and explain what they mean. You may need to wait for at least 48 hours for the full results. Some laboratory test results are available within a couple of hours in an emergency.

How long do meningitis test results take?

The first results are given to the doctor in a few hours. It may take up to 3 days to get the final test results. If the lab report shows bacteria, your child will be treated for a longer time. This length of time depends on the type of bacteria that is causing the meningitis.

How long is bed rest after lumbar puncture?

The duty physician advises you that the patient will require four hours bed rest after the lumbar puncture.

Why was my lumbar puncture so painful?

There are lots of nerves within the fluid in the spinal canal but usually they have room to move out of the way. If one of the nerves is touched, it can give a nasty ache or pain, usually in a leg. Once the needle is in the right place, it takes a few seconds to get the sample.

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Does a spinal tap hurt more than an epidural?

Predicted pain for epidural and spinal insertion (epidural 60.6 +/- 20.5 mm, spinal: 55.1 +/- 24 mm) was significantly higher than the pain perceived (epidural 36.3 +/- 20 mm, spinal 46.1 +/- 23.2 mm) (epidural P < 0.001, spinal P = 0.031).

Can a spinal tap paralyze you?

While a spinal tap can be uncomfortable, the fear of a spinal tap causing paralysis is unfounded. Paralysis can occur when the spinal cord, which runs from the brain stem to the top of the lumbar vertebrae and usually ends in the space between the first and second lumbar vertebrae, is damaged.

Is a spinal tap necessary to diagnose MS?

A lumbar puncture is the only way to directly and accurately determine how much inflammation you have in your central nervous system. It also shows the activity of your immune system in these parts of your body, which is important for diagnosing MS.

How long do you have to stay in hospital with meningitis?

People with meningitis may need to stay in hospital for a few days, and in certain cases treatment may be needed for several weeks. Even after going home, it may be a while before you feel completely back to normal.

How long can you have meningitis and not know it?

The first symptoms of viral meningitis typically appear between 3 to 7 days after being exposed to the infection. Symptoms of bacterial meningitis appear and progress quickly – bacterial meningitis is the most dangerous type of meningitis, and the infection progresses the fastest.

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