Lumbar Puncture (LP) (Neurology)
Body Area: Head / Neck
Body Parts: Eyes
A lumber puncture, colloquially known as a spinal tap is utilized as a diagnostic procedure to analyze cerebrospinal fluid collected from the lumbar vertebrae for traces of meningitis, and in rarer cases used to relieve intercranial pressure. It is a simple, and relatively painless procedure, although spinal headaches may occur.