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We found 16 providers matching spinal puncture and who accept Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO near Pinellas Park, FL.

Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim Ali, MD
Specializes in Adult Critical Care, Sleep Medicine, Adult Pulmonology
5454 Central Avenue; Suite A
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Mohamed Ali is a specialist in adult critical care, sleep medicine, and adult pulmonology. He works in Saint Petersburg, FL. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ali honors. After attending the University of Khartoum Faculty of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at The Brooklyn Hospital Center and New York Methodist Hospital. In addition to English, Dr. Ali speaks Arabic. Dr. Ali's professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar puncture

All Interests: Restless Leg Syndrome, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Research, Burns, Snoring, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Andrew Peterson, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
1201 5th Avenue North; Suite 505
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. John Peterson is an adult hematologist, oncologist, and medical oncologist in Saint Petersburg, FL. He honors Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Peterson is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport and a graduate of Parkland Health & Hospital System's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , diagnostic lumbar puncture

All Interests: Paracentesis, PET Scan, Bone Problems, Nuclear Scan, Thoracentesis, MRI, Biopsy, Diagnostic Lumbar ... (Read more)

Dr. Hemant Ratilal Desai, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
7047 66th Street
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Hemant Desai practices general internal medicine in Pinellas Park, FL. In addition to English, Dr. Desai (or staff) speaks Hindi. He is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital. He obtained his medical school training at Government Medical College, Surat and performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, and Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar puncture

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Blood Tests, Burns, Joint Aspiration, Suprapubic ... (Read more)

Dr. Bhagwat Dahyabhai Patel, MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
5781 49th Street N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Bhagwat Patel, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL, is a medical specialist in adult nephrology. Dr. Patel's areas of expertise include hypertension (high blood pressure). He is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. Before performing his residency at Georgetown University Medical Center and D.C. General Hospital, Dr. Patel attended Medical College Baroda for medical school. Dr. Patel honors Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar puncture

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Burns, Hypertension, Joint Aspiration, ... (Read more)

Dr. Geetha Jayaprakash Kamath, MD
Specializes in Adult Hematology, Adult Oncology, Medical Oncology
5767 49th Street N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Geetha Kamath, who practices in Saint Petersburg, FL and Clearwater, FL, is a medical specialist in adult hematology, adult oncology, and medical oncology. On average, patients gave Dr. Kamath a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Her clinical interests include bone marrow aspiration. Her professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Largo Medical Center. Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Kamath honors. After attending Kasturba Medical College for medical school, Dr. Kamath completed her residency training at Helene Fuld Medical Center. Dr. Kamath (or staff) is conversant in Hindi.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar puncture

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Burns, Joint Aspiration, Suprapubic Bladder ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Siedlecki Sr., MD
Specializes in Adult Nephrology
1201 5th Avenue N; Suite 302
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Siedlecki is a Saint Petersburg, FL physician who specializes in adult nephrology. He has a special interest in kidney problems and dialysis. Dr. Siedlecki is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing his residency at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Dr. Siedlecki attended the University of Gottingen Faculty of Medicine for medical school. He speaks Polish. Dr. Siedlecki's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, and Largo Medical Center.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar puncture

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Burns, Hypertension, Musculoskeletal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Michael Minhle Newan, MD
Specializes in Adult Pulmonology
1075 9th Avenue N
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Michael Newan's area of specialization is adult pulmonology. Patient ratings for Dr. Newan average 2.0 stars out of 5. These areas are among his clinical interests: asthma, sleep apnea, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Dr. Newan is in-network for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, he performed his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Illinois. Dr. Newan (or staff) is conversant in Vietnamese and French. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar puncture

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Sleep Disorders, Abdominal Paracentesis, Blood Tests, Burns, Transbronchial ... (Read more)

Dr. Lauren Marie Natoli, MD, DO
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
9009 Park Boulevard
Seminole, FL
 

Dr. Lauren Natoli works as an internist. Her areas of expertise include the following: depression, cystic fibrosis (CF), and sleep apnea. Dr. Natoli is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Before completing her residency at Northside Hospital and Heart Institute, Dr. Natoli attended medical school at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar puncture

All Interests: Depression, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Substance Abuse, Abdominal Paracentesis, Irritable Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Rakesh Mittal, PhD, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5880 49th Street N; Suite 105n
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Rakesh Mittal is a physician who specializes in general internal medicine. Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mittal honors. After completing medical school at S.N. Medical College, Agra, Dr. Mittal performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In addition to English, Dr. Mittal (or staff) speaks Hindi. Dr. Mittal's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Bay Pines VA Healthcare System.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar puncture

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Burns, Musculoskeletal Problems, Joint Aspiration, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kiritkumar D Patel, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine, Geriatrics
7047 66th Street
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Kiritkumar Patel practices general internal medicine and geriatrics (elderly care). Before performing his residency at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and Boston Medical Center, Dr. Patel attended Government Medical College for medical school. Dr. Patel is especially interested in geriatric health. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TRICARE, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and more. Dr. Patel (or staff) is conversant in Hindi. His professional affiliations include St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar puncture

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Burns, Musculoskeletal Problems, Joint Aspiration, ... (Read more)

Dr. Govindan Potteth Nair, MD
Specializes in Adult Endocrinology
4820 5th Avenue N
St. Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Govindan Nair practices adult endocrinology. His areas of expertise consist of diabetes, cryotherapy, and pituitary disorders. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO. Before completing his residency at the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada, Dr. Nair attended medical school at American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine and Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is conversant in French. Dr. Nair is professionally affiliated with St. Anthony's Hospital, St. Petersburg General Hospital, and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar puncture

All Interests: Cryosurgery, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Burns, Musculoskeletal Problems, Joint ... (Read more)

Dr. Leo R Teytelbaum, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
6450 38th Avenue N; Suite #350
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Leo Teytelbaum specializes in general internal medicine. He speaks Russian. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Teytelbaum include general care. His hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital, Largo Medical Center, and Northside Hospital. After attending New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and Riga Stradins University Faculty of Medicine for medical school, Dr. Teytelbaum completed his residency training at Booth Memorial Hospital. His average patient rating is 3.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar puncture

All Interests: Bone Marrow Aspiration, Abdominal Paracentesis, Burns, Musculoskeletal Problems, Joint Aspiration, ... (Read more)

Dr. Milind Janardan Shastri, MD
Specializes in General Internal Medicine
5985 49th Street N
St Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Milind Shastri is a general internist in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Shastri is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital. He graduated from Medical College Baroda and All India Institute of Medical Sciences and then he performed his residency at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County. He accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, and Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar puncture

All Interests: Depression, Restless Leg Syndrome, Bone Marrow Aspiration, Immunization, Abdominal Paracentesis, ... (Read more)

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Specializes in Adult Infectious Disease
5670 54th Avenue North; Suite 1-a
Kenneth City, FL
 

Dr. Francisco Gomez specializes in adult infectious disease. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gomez include lumbar puncture. He is in-network for Coresource, Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, as well as other insurance carriers. He studied medicine at the University of Antioquia Faculty of Medicine. His residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Cincinnati. He is professionally affiliated with Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar puncture

All Interests: Consultation, Lumbar Puncture, Counseling Services

Dr. Lalitha E Jacob, MD
Specializes in Neurology
6229 66th Street N
Pinellas Park, FL
 

Dr. Lalitha Jacob, who practices in Pinellas Park, FL, is a medical specialist in neurology (brain & spinal cord disease). Her average rating from her patients is 3.0 stars out of 5. She is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Jacob is a graduate of Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram. Her training includes residency programs at John Stroger Hospital of Cook County, a hospital affiliated with Loyola University, and a hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida (USF). She is professionally affiliated with St. Petersburg General Hospital and Northside Hospital.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar puncture

All Interests: Intraoperative Monitoring, Musculoskeletal Problems, Surgical Procedures, Consultation, ... (Read more)

Dr. Leonard Confident, MD
Specializes in Family Medicine
1839 Central Avenue
Saint Petersburg, FL
 

Dr. Leonard Confident specializes in family medicine and practices in Saint Petersburg, FL. Dr. Confident's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Petersburg General Hospital and Palms of Pasadena Hospital. Dr. Confident is in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield EPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield Bronze, Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO, and more. Dr. Confident attended medical school at the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. Dr. Confident (or staff) is conversant in Spanish, Haitian Creole, and French.

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Relevant Interests: , lumbar puncture

All Interests: Ear Foreign Body Removal, Family Planning, Musculoskeletal Problems, Joint Aspiration, Lumbar ... (Read more)

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What is a Spinal Puncture?

A spinal puncture, or spinal tap, is a procedure in which cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is removed through a needle in the back. Cerebrospinal fluid, sometimes also called spinal fluid, surrounds and protects the brain and the spinal cord. A sample of spinal fluid may be used to diagnose problems of the central nervous system, such as infections or tumors.

Sometimes, large amounts of spinal fluid may build up, a condition called hydrocephalus, leading to increased pressure on the brain. In such cases, removing excess spinal fluid can be therapeutic by relieving symptoms. Therapeutic spinal punctures may also be used to inject medication into the spinal cord to treat cancer or for anesthesia before surgery.

Most often, a spinal puncture is performed in the lower back or lumbar region, called a lumbar puncture. You will usually be positioned on your side while your doctor inserts a hollow needle into your back. A small sample of spinal fluid will be collected, or medication will be injected. If large amounts of spinal fluid need to be removed, a lumbar drain, or thin tube, may be inserted in place of the needle. Following the procedure, the needle or drain will be removed, and the puncture site is closed and covered with a bandage.