The procedure is usually without risk to the patient, but with patients with raised intracranial pressure it may be hazardous. CT scanning and MRI scanning prior to the lumbar puncture have greatly reduced the risk of performing the test in patients with unsuspected and raised intracranial pressure. The commonest side-effect of the procedure is a headache that is worse on standing and reduces on lying down.
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