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Lumbar Puncture
Editors: Dan Imler, MD, Nat Wharton
Inclusion Criteria  (Any one criteria present)
  • Clinical need for lumbar puncture
Exclusion Criteria
  • Clinically unstable patient
  • Patients at risk of decreased venous return to heart from LP positioning
  • Soft tissue infection over puncture site
  • Anatomical issues (obesity, orthopedic issues, etc.) making LP very difficult
Consider delaying LP or consulting interventional radiology for fluoroscopic guidance

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