• Long term risks of repeated Lumbar punctures

    Asked by AndreaBrown on Saturday, September 21, 2019

    Long term risks of repeated Lumbar punctures

    My son is completing 3 1/2 years of treatment for ALL preB cell, he was 19 at diagnosis and received a total of 27 lumbar punctures. He has neuropathy from Vincristine, but he has a thickening of the dura in his spine and is suffering terribly with sciatica that doesn’t seem to respond to ANY treatment. Could this be from the lumbar punctures?

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    • po18guy's Avatar

      1. What does doctor say?
      2. Were all punctures in the same area?
      3. Is the thickening in that area?
      4. Has his spine been scanned for a possible herniation?

      9 months ago
    • AndreaBrown's Avatar

      Dr. Doesn’t say much. The dura is thick all the way up the spine. There is only a certain area they do the punctures so that is repeated over and over. No scan has been done.

      9 months ago
    • po18guy's Avatar

      That sounds like further diagnostics are in order - particularly if the dura is consistently thick. It may be genetic or??? Also, if Dr. doesn't say much, find one that will!

      9 months ago
    • shoreditchjo's Avatar

      Poor love! I had 16 themo lumbar punctures to prevent my lymphoma coming back in my brain. I did have a recurrence of lymphoma in my nervous system but it did not go to the brain and so I thank my lucky stars I had those lumbar punctures now! Sorry I can't help with your question though!

      8 months ago

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