Lumbar punctures and cerebrospinal fluid analysis

      Abstract

      Lumbar puncture is an essential neurological investigation. The anatomy of the spinal canal allows cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to be sampled from the lumbar region. We describe how, with adequate preparation and correct positioning of the patient, the procedure can be performed quickly and safely. The range of investigations that can be performed on the CSF and their interpretation will be discussed.

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