What is the role of lumbar puncture (LP) in the diagnosis of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) in sepsis?

Updated: Jan 27, 2020
  • Author: Ali H Al-Khafaji, MD, MPH, FACP, FCCP, FCCM; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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When meningitis or encephalitis is suspected, LP must be performed on an urgent basis. In patients with an acute fulminant presentation, rapid onset of septic shock, and severe impairment of mental status, bacterial meningitis must be ruled out by means of LP.


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