What are possible complications of lumbar puncture (LP)?

Updated: Aug 02, 2018
  • Author: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Answer

Possible lumbar puncture–related complications include the following [1, 2, 3, 4] :

  • Post–spinal puncture headache

  • Bloody tap

  • Dry tap

  • Infection

  • Hemorrhage

  • Dysesthesia

  • Post–dural puncture cerebral herniation


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