Atraumatic versus conventional lumbar puncture needles: a systematic review and meta-analysis

  title={Atraumatic versus conventional lumbar puncture needles: a systematic review and meta-analysis},
  author={Siddharth Nath and Alex Koziarz and Jetan H. Badhiwala and Waleed Alhazzani and Roman Jaeschke and Sunjay V. Sharma and Laura Banfield and Ashkan Shoamanesh and Sheila K Singh and Farshad Nassiri and Wieslaw J. Oczkowski and Emilie P. Belley‐Cote and Ray Truant and Kesava Reddy and Maureen O. Meade and Forough Farrokhyar and Małgorzata M. Bała and Fayez Ebrahim Alshamsi and Mette Krag and Itziar Etxeandia-Ikobaltzeta and Regina Kunz and Osamu Nishida and Charles C. Matouk and Magdy H. Selim and Andrew Rhodes and Gregory W. J. Hawryluk and Saleh A. Almenawer},
  journal={The Lancet},
BACKGROUND Atraumatic needles have been proposed to lower complication rates after lumbar puncture. However, several surveys indicate that clinical adoption of these needles remains poor. We did a systematic review and meta-analysis to compare patient outcomes after lumbar puncture with atraumatic needles and conventional needles. METHODS In this systematic review and meta-analysis, we independently searched 13 databases with no language restrictions from inception to Aug 15, 2017, for… 

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