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  • Spinal Tap (Lumbar Puncture) for Parents

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

  • Quick Summary: Spinal Tap (Lumbar Puncture) 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.

  • 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.

  • Diagnostic Tests for Cancer for Parents

    Learn about exams your child may need.

  • 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.

  • Sedation for Parents

    Sedation is the use of medicines to help someone relax and not feel pain during a medical procedure.

  • 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.

  • Sick Kids for Parents

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

  • West Nile Virus for Parents

    The threat of West Nile virus has made getting a mosquito bite a cause for concern. What is West Nile virus, and what can you do to prevent it?

  • 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.