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Contraindications to Lumbar Puncture in Patients with Suspected Meningococcal Disease

Specialty:

Neurology, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology

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Description:

A lumbar puncture should not be performed in a patient with suspected meningococcemia when certain conditions are present. This is intended to minimize the risk for cerebral herniation or other adverse effect when there may be little additional information obtained from the CSF studies.

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