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  • Surgeries and Procedures: Lumbar Puncture (Spinal Tap) for Parents

    Find out how and why doctors perform lumbar punctures (spinal taps).

  • Diagnostic Tests for Cancer for Parents

    Learn about exams your child may need.

  • Spinal Tap for Teens

    A spinal tap (also called a lumbar puncture) is a medical test that involves taking a small sample of cerebrospinal fluid for examination. Find out what's involved in this article for teens.

  • Sick Kids for Parents

    Learn about tests, procedures, common conditions, and how to keep kids well.

  • Managing Health Care for Parents

  • Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) for Parents

    Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most common type of childhood cancer. Because it develops and gets worse quickly, prompt treatment is very important. With treatment, most kids are cured.

  • Medulloblastoma for Parents

    Medulloblastoma is a type of brain tumor. Most brain tumors in children are medulloblastoma.

  • 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.

  • Encephalitis for Parents

    Encephalitis is a rare brain inflammation caused by a virus. The best way to avoid encephalitis is to prevent the illnesses that may lead to it.

  • Leukemia for Parents

    Leukemia refers to cancers of the white blood cells (also called leukocytes or WBCs). With the proper treatment, the outlook for kids who are diagnosed with leukemia is quite good.