lumbar puncture


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lumbar puncture:

see spinal puncturespinal puncture,
surgical penetration of the spinal canal by a hollow needle introduced between two of the lumbar vertebrae. The arrangement permits injection of antibiotics or anesthetics (see anesthesia) as well as dyes to facilitate X-ray studies.
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lumbar puncture

Med insertion of a hollow needle into the lower region of the spinal cord to withdraw cerebrospinal fluid, introduce drugs, etc.
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The patient was able to receive intrathecal chemotherapy without further attempts at lumbar puncture.
Diagnostic Criteria for Headache After Lumbar Puncture * Bilateral headache developed less than 7 days after lumbar puncture.
There are several reasons why lumbar puncture may be of low diagnostic yield in the critically ill.
Performing lumbar puncture within 6 hours of presentation also can present problems because oxyhemoglobin can take up to 6 hours to develop and bilirubin up to 12 hours.
Among those who were under age 60 years, immunocompetent, had no history of CNS disease, no history of seizures in the prior week, and were free of specific neurologic abnormalities, the CT scans were normal and there was no evidence of brain herniation following subsequent lumbar puncture.
Of 235 adults who underwent computed tomography of the head because of suspected meningitis, 56 had abnormal scans indicating such a risk with lumbar puncture.
A lumbar puncture showed cloudy cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) with 2.
All of them underwent diagnostic lumbar puncture, which confirmed meningitis in 28%.
Doctors will only be able to confirm their diagnosis of viral meningitis by carrying out a delicate lumbar puncture.
Because of the effectiveness of this new test in identifying the Alzheimer's biomarker, it may serve as an alternative to invasive diagnostic procedures such as a lumbar puncture or spinal tap, said HealthScreen America's chief medical officer, Eduardo Balbona, M.
Phil - now a full-time carer for partner Josie Howe, 58 - regularly has painful lumbar puncture tests to monitor his condition.
A lumbar puncture obtained shortly before her death showed cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) glucose of 4.