What Affects the Test
Reasons you may not be able to have the biopsy or why the results may not be helpful include:
- Not being able to lie still during the procedure.
- Having conditions such as Reference obesity Opens New Window, Reference dehydration Opens New Window, spinal disease, severe Reference arthritis Opens New Window, or recent spinal surgery. These conditions may make it hard to do a lumbar puncture with the person lying down. The procedure may need to be done with the person sitting up and bent forward. In some cases, the procedure may need to be done with a special X-ray method called Reference fluoroscopy Opens New Window. This is used to guide the placement of the spinal needle.
- Bleeding into the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The needle puncture can cause bleeding into the CSF. Several samples of the fluid can show the difference between bleeding from the puncture and bleeding caused by a brain hemorrhage.
- Not being able to collect a sample of the fluid. This is called a "dry tap."
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 30, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Joseph O'Donnell, MD - Hematology, Oncology