Time to Switch to Atraumatic Lumbar-Puncture Needles Time to Switch to Atraumatic Lumbar-Puncture Needles

Atraumatic lumbar puncture needles are safe and effective, and they cause fewer postdural-puncture headaches and returns to the hospital for additional treatment, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis.Reuters Health Information
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A case of recurrent trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole-induced aseptic meningitis and review of literature
. Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2020 Jun 22;: Authors: Corsini Campioli C, Stevens R, Suh G Abstract A 66-year-old male patient presented with fever, headache, mental status changes, and nuchal rigidity with a lumbar puncture revealing neutropenic pleocytosis, and a presumptive diagnosis of bacterial meningitis was made. A careful history revealed that symptoms started within hours of starting oral trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. Additional history uncovered a nearly identical episode 1 year earlier...
Source: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Int J Clin Pharmacol Ther Source Type: research
We presented a case of PRES with CSF hypovolemia as a result of an inadvertent dural puncture and reviewed the literature to identify the clinical characterization and pathophysiological mechanism of PRES following CSF hypovolemia. A total of 31 cases of PRES-CSF hypovolemia was included for analysis. The median age was 33 years, with a notable female predominance (87.1%). Fifteen patients (48.4%) didn't have either a history of hypertension nor an episode of hypertension. The most common cause of CSF hypovolemia was epidural or lumbar puncture (n = 21), followed by CSF shunt (n = 6). The median interval between the proced...
Source: Frontiers in Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Abstract Over 350,000 lumbar punctures (LP) are performed in acute care settings each year in the United States.1 Post-dural puncture headache (PDPH) is one of the most common complications after an LP, occurring in approximately 11% of patients,2 with one study reporting an occurrence rate of up to 36%.3 While PDPH has been attributed to multiple factors, needle tip design has been frequently investigated as a potential cause.2 It has been suggested conventional needles may cause larger lacerations in the dural fibers compared to atraumatic needles, increasing the degree of cerebrospinal fluid leakage.4 However, ...
Source: Accident and Emergency Nursing - Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Tags: Acad Emerg Med Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Jolt accentuation for headache may exclude diagnoses of meningitis in emergency settings, but high-quality evidence to support use of this test is lacking. Even where jolt accentuation of headache is negative, there is still the possibility of acute meningitis. This review identified the possibility of heterogeneity. However, factors that contribute to heterogeneity are incompletely understood, and should be considered in future research. PMID: 32524581 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Cochrane Database Syst Rev Source Type: research
We report the case of an 8-year-old child suspected to have postdural puncture headache after multiple lumbar punctures for collection of cerebrospinal fluid for analysis. His symptoms included headache, nonprojectile vomiting, and lethargy. When conservative management failed, an epidural blood patch was applied and the depth of the epidural space was determined using MRI. Epidural blood patch treatment was successful, and an epidural catheter was left in situ, in case a second patch was required.
Source: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia - Category: Anesthesiology Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: Low glucose levels were inversely associated with risk for post-dural puncture headache. Patients with low serum glucose should be carefully monitored for headache after lumbar puncture. PMID: 32463126 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Headache - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Headache Source Type: research
AbstractIdiopathic intracranial hypertension is a neurological syndrome determined by a rise in intracranial pressure without a detectable cause. Course and prognosis may be changeable, requiring a multidisciplinary approach for its diagnosis and management. Although its precise pathogenesis is still unknown, many studies have been carried out to define the possible causal and associated factors, such as retinoids, steroid hormones, body mass index and recent weight gains, cytokines and adipokines levels. The clinical presentation can be variable including chronic headache, disturbance of vision, diplopia and tinnitus. Eve...
Source: Journal of Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: We review the typical and uncommon findings of spinal MRI in SIH, which is more sensitive than brain MRI in acute stages. Spinal MRI offers the diagnostic value in SIH especially when cranial images do not respond in time. PMID: 32436204 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Acta Neurologica Taiwanica - Category: Neurology Tags: Acta Neurol Taiwan Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: With the introduction of nusinersen treatment, neurologists and radiologists play an important role in treatment of SMA patients and therefore should be familiar with different techniques and complications of drug administration. Using good technique, it is possible to have very low complication rates even in this complex patient population, and various image-guided procedures can be a safe alternative to surgical approach, even in the most difficult cases. PMID: 32436843 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology : The Turkish Society of Radiology - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Diagn Interv Radiol Source Type: research
Semin Neurol DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1708847Pseudotumor cerebri syndrome (PTCS) is a rare condition in children presenting with headache and papilledema from increased intracranial pressure that can cause significant morbidity. This can be idiopathic, also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension or primary intracranial hypertension, or can be secondary to medications and associated medical conditions. Given the threat to vision, early detection and treatment is needed in all age groups. However, identifying papilledema or pseudopapilledema in children presents unique challenges sometimes as a result of differences betwee...
Source: Seminars in Neurology - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Review Article Source Type: research
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