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Lumbar puncture for leukemia

What is a lumbar puncture?

A lumbar puncture (also called a spinal tap) is a procedure in which a needle is inserted into the lower part of the spinal column in order to remove cerebrospinal fluid, or to inject medication.

Lumbar puncture for leukemia

We may perform a lumbar puncture in order to determine the extent of leukemia. Lumbar punctures may also be used to inject medications, such as chemotherapy drugs, to treat leukemia.