Specializing in Canine and Feline Neurology and Neurosurgery for over 35 years

spinal tap

A procedure in which a needle is inserted into the subarachnoid space and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is withdrawn; a cisternal tap is performed in the upper cervical area called the cerebellomedullary cistern and a lumbar tap is performed in the patient's lower back region.

Related Words

cerebellomedullary cistern ; cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) ; cervical ; cisterna ; lumbar ; subarachnoid space