A spinal tap, or lumbar puncture, is a simple procedure that is generally recognized as safe, according to Mayo Clinic. However, as with any medical procedure, a spinal tap comes with a few inherent risks. More »

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A lumbar puncture is a procedure performed on the lower back in which a needle is inserted into the spinal column in order to extract cerebrospinal fluid, explains Johns Hopkins Medicine. Medication and dyes for diagnost... More »

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The success rate of spinal tap procedures, or lumbar punctures, is very high, and the procedure is generally considered safe. However, up to 25 percent of patients experience some mild complications, states Mayo Clinic. ... More »

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The colonoscopy procedure has very few risks associated with it, and rarely do complications occur, explains Mayo Clinic. Since this is a medical procedure, however, patients must sign a consent form before the colonosco... More »

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Gamma Knife radiosurgery is an alternative to neurosurgery during which 200 tiny beams of radiation are directed at a brain tumor or other abnormality, explains Mayo Clinic. The procedure is considered safer than traditi... More »

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The difference between a spinal tap and an epidural lies in the location where the medication or anesthesia is injected into the body, as an epidural is when the medication or anesthesia is injected into the epidural spa... More »

When radio waves pass through the human body at extremely high doses, they can break down tissue and damage DNA structure. Radio waves have been linked to headaches, multiple sclerosis and sleep disorders and may contrib... More »

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