What is the role of lumbar puncture in the workup of heroin toxicity?

Updated: Dec 16, 2018
  • Author: Rania Habal, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Lumbar puncture may be indicated. In the absence of signs of increased intracranial pressure, a lumbar puncture is indicated in comatose patients who have evidence of meningitis or fever without a source. In cases in which bacterial meningitis is suspected, antibiotic therapy should not be delayed by the lumbar puncture.


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