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Epidural cerebrospinal fluid collection after lumbar puncture.

TitleEpidural cerebrospinal fluid collection after lumbar puncture.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsAronson PL, Zonfrillo MR
JournalPediatr Emerg Care
Date Published2009 Jul
KeywordsBack Pain, Cerebrospinal Fluid, Child, Preschool, Diagnosis, Differential, Epidural Space, Headache, Humans, Lumbar Vertebrae, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Male, Spinal Puncture

Lumbar puncture is a common procedure in the emergency department. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak through a dural tear can cause transient side effects including headache and backache, although more severe symptoms may occur. These CSF collections can be managed nonoperatively without any neurologic sequelae. We report a patient with a symptomatic epidural CSF collection after diagnostic lumbar puncture, followed by a brief review of the literature including discussion of techniques that can reduce CSF leak.

Alternate JournalPediatr Emerg Care
PubMed ID19606006