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Lumbar puncture and CSF examination. Answers to three commonly asked questions.

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Morgenlander, JC
Published in: Postgrad Med
June 1994

The incidence of post-lumbar puncture headache has been shown to be reduced by using a higher-gauge (smaller-bore) needle and orienting the needle bevel parallel to the dural fibers. Incidence of headache is the same in patients given bed rest as in patients who are mobilized immediately. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) examination of patients with seizures of unclear cause is indicated. However, pleocytosis can be a result of the seizure alone. Other causes of pleocytosis must be ruled out by clinical evaluation and CSF studies. Although lumbar puncture is often advocated for patients presenting with dementia, it usually is not helpful in finding a specific cause if the dementia is long-standing.

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Published In

Postgrad Med

ISSN

0032-5481

Publication Date

June 1994

Volume

95

Issue

8

Start / End Page

125 / 131

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Spinal Puncture
  • Seizures
  • Incidence
  • Humans
  • Headache
  • General & Internal Medicine
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Dementia
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid
  • 4203 Health services and systems
 

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Morgenlander, J. C. (1994). Lumbar puncture and CSF examination. Answers to three commonly asked questions. Postgrad Med, 95(8), 125–131.
Morgenlander, J. C. “Lumbar puncture and CSF examination. Answers to three commonly asked questions.Postgrad Med 95, no. 8 (June 1994): 125–31.
Morgenlander JC. Lumbar puncture and CSF examination. Answers to three commonly asked questions. Postgrad Med. 1994 Jun;95(8):125–31.
Morgenlander, J. C. “Lumbar puncture and CSF examination. Answers to three commonly asked questions.Postgrad Med, vol. 95, no. 8, June 1994, pp. 125–31.
Morgenlander JC. Lumbar puncture and CSF examination. Answers to three commonly asked questions. Postgrad Med. 1994 Jun;95(8):125–131.

Published In

Postgrad Med

ISSN

0032-5481

Publication Date

June 1994

Volume

95

Issue

8

Start / End Page

125 / 131

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Spinal Puncture
  • Seizures
  • Incidence
  • Humans
  • Headache
  • General & Internal Medicine
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Dementia
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid
  • 4203 Health services and systems