Standard vs atraumatic Whitacre needle for diagnostic lumbar puncture: A randomized trial

R. Lavi, D. Yernitzky, J. M. Rowe, A. Weissman, D. Segal, I. Avivi

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Abstract

In order to define the impact of needle type on post-lumbar puncture headache (PLPH), we performed a prospective, randomized trial comparing the incidence of PLPH in patients undergoing lumbar punctures (LPs) with traumatic vs atraumatic 22-gauge needles. Fifty-eight patients underwent 85 LPs. The incidence of PLPH was 36% in the traumatic vs 3% in the atraumatic group (p = 0.002).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1492-1494
Number of pages3
JournalNeurology
Volume67
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2006
Externally publishedYes

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