How Long Does It Take To Get The Results From A Lumbar Puncture?

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Asked by Anna

How Long Does It Take To Get The Results From A Lumbar Puncture?

I had an LP on the 19th of March. How long does it take to hear the test results? Will my Neuro call when the tests come in or should I call him? My next appointment isn't until the 14th of April.

Answer

Hi Anna,

I don't recall how long it took before my LP results came back. In my case, however, the result was positive for O-bands and I received a phone call from my neuro's infusion nurse to set up a week of Solumedrol treatments. My neuro was waiting for the test results to prescribe treatment for the acute attack. I believe it had to have been at least a week from LP to the phone call.

Depending upon your situation, and especially since you have an appointment in a couple of weeks, you might not hear anything until that appointment. If you haven't heard anything by next Wednesday, you could call the office to ask about the results. You might even explain that you'd like to have all the information so that you can be best prepared for your appointment the following week.

good luck.