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Lumbar Puncture Clinic

The Yale Lumbar Puncture Clinic allows referring physicians the ability to work-up conditions related to spinal fluid abnormalities. We provide routine testing of CSF as well as more specialized testing for demyelinating disease, neoplasms, inflammatory conditions and infections. We are also able to evaluate for raised intracranial pressure for conditions such as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri) and perform therapeutic punctures for these patients. Furthermore, we provide large-volume spinal taps for the diagnosis of normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH). Patients referred for this condition undergo gait analysis before and after the lumbar puncture.