What is the role of lumbar puncture and CSF studies in the workup of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM)?

Updated: Jul 01, 2019
  • Author: Jeffrey N Bruce, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert H Engelhard, III, MD, PhD, FACS, FAANS  more...
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Lumbar puncture is generally contraindicated in the setting of a brain tumor because of the possibility of transtentorial herniation with increased intracranial pressure. However, if ruling out lymphoma, it may be necessary.

CSF studies do not aid significantly in the specific diagnosis of glioblastoma multiforme.


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