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    Lumbar Puncture Between L3 and L4 Vertebrae

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    1. Why is a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) done between L3 and L4 vertebrae?
    2. A patient suffers a fractured neck between the C2 and C3 vertebra and is having difficulty breathing. What nerve should the physician suspect has been compromised and why?

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    1.) The reason why a spinal tap is performed between the L3 and L4 vertebrae is because this helps to avoid a complication known as trauma to the spinal cord or spinal nerve roots. If the cord or the roots are damaged, this can carry serious ...

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    The expert examines why a lumbar puncture is done between L3 and L4 vertebrae.