Lumbar puncture; drawing shows a patient lying in a curled position on a table and a spinal needle (a long, thin needle) being inserted into the lower back. Inset shows a close-up of the spinal needle inserted into the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the lower part of the spinal column.
Lumbar puncture. A patient lies in a curled position on a table. After a small area on the lower back is numbed, a spinal needle (a long, thin needle) is inserted into the lower part of the spinal column to remove cerebrospinal fluid (CSF, shown in blue). The fluid may be sent to a laboratory for testing.
Anatomy -- Musculoskeletal
Test or Procedure -- Biopsy
|Type:||Color, Medical Illustration (JPEG format)|
|Source:||National Cancer Institute|
|Creator:||Terese Winslow (Illustrator)|
|Date Created:||November 9, 2012|
|Date Added:||August 26, 2008|
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Rights holder: Terese Winslow