Incidence of traumatic lumbar puncture.

  title={Incidence of traumatic lumbar puncture.},
  author={Kaushal Hemendra Shah and Kathleen M Richard and Sarah Nicholas and Jonathan A. Edlow},
  journal={Academic emergency medicine : official journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine},
  volume={10 2},
OBJECTIVE To determine the incidence of traumatic lumbar puncture (LP). METHODS A retrospective study was conducted at an urban, university tertiary care referral center with 50000 annual emergency department (ED) visits. The study population included all patients who had cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples sent to the laboratory between August 15, 2000, and August 14, 2001. The numbers of red blood cells (RBCs) recorded in the first and last CSF tubes, the location where the LP was performed… CONTINUE READING