What is the role of lumbar puncture in the workup of status epilepticus (SE)?

Updated: Feb 13, 2018
  • Author: Julie L Roth, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen A Berman, MD, PhD, MBA  more...
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If CNS infection is in the differential diagnosis, consider a lumbar puncture (after appropriate head imaging to ensure safety).

Initiate antibiotic therapy if CNS or systemic infection is strongly suspected.


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