Coworkers were discussing the topic of spinal taps.
Now, I am young, not so bright, and reasonably healthy. Is it possible to have a spinal-tap now, and then have the fluid cryogenic-ally frozen? I wonder if I become sick later in life, whether a doctor can then re-inject my spine with the healthy fluid, bringing me back into good health.
Maybe this could be the next treatment that beats stem cells?
Well, I am not familiar with which sorts of diseases or disorders affect your spinal fluid, but I want to be able to try to fight them later on in life. I think it would be a worthwhile procedure now that I am young.
CSF is water with a little bit of sugar and a little bit of protein in it. Maybe a few white cells. It’s boring and empty.
Perhaps the OP is confusing a spinal tap with a bone marrow extraction? Banked bone marrow could conceivably be reintroduced into a person who later developed a leukemia. Bone marrow is much more interesting than CSF, it’s basically an immune system factory that also makes blood and platelets.
I can’t imagine something that is cycled that heavily being something that is unique for preserving health.
Yes, lumbar punctures are used to check for some forms of infection, primarily nervous system infections. Doesn’t mean putting in a Liter of saved spinal fluid would do anything to clear up an infection.
So far it sounds like you’re better off saving jars of your own urine. You get the same medical benefits without the pain and the trip to the hospital.
Again, for what? There are some bone marrow cancers where treatment involves reinjection of your own stem cells, but I don’t think there is any advantage in taking out those cells now - you might as well wait and have the procedure on the off chance you contract one of those cancers.
CSF isn’t used to treat any diseases, as far as I know (IANAD). My impression is that spinal taps are used to withdrawal CSF, either for further testing or to relieve pressure, not to top you off with new brain lubricant.
When storing and re-injecting any bodily fluid, there is always the risk of infection. Well, of all such fluids/places, the likelihood and consequences of developing an infection in the CSF (i.e. meningitis) (link is gross - be forewarned) may be highest and catastrophic, respectively. So, you better have a damn good reason for carrying out such a procedure.