HIV/AIDS Glossary

Spinal Tap

Synonym(s): Lumbar Puncture

A procedure in which a needle is inserted into the lower region of the spinal cord to collect cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The CSF is examined in a laboratory to diagnose and monitor certain infections. A spinal tap may also be performed to inject drugs or to reduce spinal fluid pressure.

Related Term(s): Cerebrospinal Fluid

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