When is lumbar puncture considered in the evaluation of patients with suspected Parkinson disease (PD)?

Updated: Aug 29, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Hauser, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Lumbar puncture should be considered if signs of normal-pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) are observed (eg, incontinence, ataxia, dementia). In NPH, clinical signs characteristically improve after removal of about 20 mL of cerebrospinal fluid.


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