Punción lumbar

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El líquido cefalorraquídeo (LCR) es un líquido transparente que circula en el espacio que rodea la médula espinal y el cerebro. El LCR protege al cerebro y a la médula espinal de lesiones actuando como un cojín. El LCR generalmente se obtiene a través de una punción lumbar (punción espinal). Para realizar este procedimiento se inserta una aguja generalmente entre la tercera y cuarta vértebra lumbar y se extrae líquido para ser examinado.

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  • Last Reviewed on 05/19/2011
  • Ken Levin, MD, private practice specializing in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Allentown, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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