Why did we perform a lumbar puncture in a young patient with ischemic stroke?

@article{Geraldes2011WhyDW,
  title={Why did we perform a lumbar puncture in a young patient with ischemic stroke?},
  author={Ruth Geraldes and A C Fonseca and Patr{\'i}cia Canh{\~a}o and Teresa M. V. D. Pinho e Melo and Jose M. Ferro},
  journal={Journal of Neurology},
  year={2011},
  volume={259},
  pages={1472-1473}
}
The European Stroke Organization recommends performing lumbar puncture (LP) in the etiological investigation of an ischemic stroke ‘‘when indicated’’ [1]. This recommendation leaves the decision to the clinician. Cerebrospinal fluid analysis may yield essential information in cases of pediatric ischemic stroke [2]. In adults it is generally accepted that a LP should be performed in case of suspicion of central nervous system (CNS) infection and vasculitis [1, 3], but its role in the etiological… CONTINUE READING

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