How much is the incidence of post-lumbar puncture (LP) headaches reduced by use of atraumatic needles?

Updated: Aug 02, 2018
  • Author: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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The use of atraumatic needles has been shown to significantly reduce the incidence of post–lumbar puncture headache (3%) when compared to the use of standard spinal needles (approximately 30%). [14, 15] In addition, it may lead to cost savings. [16] However, obtaining pressures can be more difficult with atraumatic needles.


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