Positioning for lumbar puncture in children evaluated by bedside ultrasound.

  title={Positioning for lumbar puncture in children evaluated by bedside ultrasound.},
  author={Alyssa Abo and Lei Chen and Patrick Johnston and Karen A Santucci},
  volume={125 5},
BACKGROUND Lumbar punctures are commonly performed in the pediatric emergency department. There is no standard, recommended, optimal position for children who are undergoing the procedure. OBJECTIVE To determine a position for lumbar punctures where the interspinous space is maximized, as measured by bedside ultrasound. METHODS A prospective convenience sample of children under age 12 was performed. Using a portable ultrasound device, the L3-L4 or L4-L5 interspinous space was measured with… CONTINUE READING
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