How It Feels
The blood sample is taken from a vein in your arm. An elastic
band is wrapped around your upper arm. It may feel tight. You may feel nothing
at all from the needle, or you may feel a quick sting or pinch.
Sore or skin sample
You may have some discomfort when fluid is collected from an open
sore (chancre). But chancres usually are not very tender or painful.
Spinal fluid sample
You may have some discomfort during a lumbar puncture to collect
spinal fluid for syphilis testing. To learn more, see the topic
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Devika Singh, MD, MPH - Infectious Disease
September 29, 2011
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