Traumatic lumbar puncture (LP) is fairly common and occurs when the needle causes bleeding into the subarachnoid space. Introduction of peripheral red blood cells (RBCs) in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) increases CSF protein levels, thereby complicating diagnosis of bacterial meningitis. This…
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Although adult bacterial meningitis (ABM) is rare, the outcomes can be devastating. An area of controversy concerns when to perform lumbar puncture (LP). Because of the possibility of brain herniation, it has been recommended that cerebral computed tomography (CT) be…
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