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Lumbar Punctures
Lumbar Punctures
A lumbar punctures is a procedure in which a needle is used to access the subarachnoid space. This may be used to collect cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) for diagnostic purposes, or therapeutic purposes in order to deliver drugs.

Contraindications to Lumbar Puncture



    • Absolute

    • Papilloedema
    • Signs of raised ICP on CT - mass lesion, ventricular compression, midline shift, obstructive hydrocephalus
    • Don’t insert a needle through infected tissue
    • Relative

    • Coagulopathy - based on clinical situation
Last updated on April 22nd, 2019