Cerebrospinal fluid and lumbar puncture: a practical review

  title={Cerebrospinal fluid and lumbar puncture: a practical review},
  author={Ben L. C. Wright and James T. F. Lai and Alexandra J. Sinclair},
  journal={Journal of Neurology},
Cerebrospinal fluid is vital for normal brain function. Changes to the composition, flow, or pressure can cause a variety of neurological symptoms and signs. Equally, disorders of nervous tissue may alter cerebrospinal fluid characteristics. Analysis of cerebrospinal fluid can provide information on diagnosis, may be therapeutic in certain conditions, and allows a research opportunity into neurological disease. However, inappropriate sampling, inaccurate technique, and incomplete analysis can… 
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