Spinal Tap (Lumbar Puncture) for Parents
Find out how and why doctors perform lumbar punctures (spinal taps).
What's a Spinal Tap (Lumbar Puncture)? (Video) for Parents
A lumbar puncture, or spinal tap, is a medical test that involves collecting a small sample of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for examination. Doctors use the sample to look for signs of possible infections or other illnesses.
A to Z: Meningitis, Viral for Parents
Sometimes viruses can spread to the meninges, the membrane around the brain and spinal cord, and cause more severe illness. Learn about it here.
Health Care Providers: Neurologists for Parents
A neurologist is a doctor who studies, diagnoses, and treats diseases and conditions that affect the brain.
Lymphoma for Parents
Lymphoma is cancer that begins in the body's lymphatic tissue. It's a common type of cancer in children, but most recover from it.
Sedation for Parents
Sedation is the use of medicines to help someone relax and not feel pain during a medical procedure.
Powassan Virus Disease for Parents
Powassan virus disease can spread to people through the bite of an infected tick. It’s very rare, but it’s good to know a little about it.
Multiple Sclerosis for Parents
Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a disease that affects the central nervous system. The symptoms of MS vary depending on which nerves are affected.
A to Z: Pseudotumor Cerebri for Parents
Learn about pseudotumor cerebri, a disorder in which the pressure is too high in the fluid that surrounds the brain.
Meningitis for Parents
Meningitis is treatable, but can be serious. So it's important to know the symptoms, and get medical care right away if you think that your child has the illness.