After interlaminar space has been opened, what are the subsequent steps prior to performing a lumbar puncture (LP)?

Updated: Aug 02, 2018
  • Author: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Open the spinal tray, change to sterile gloves, and prepare the equipment. Open the numbered plastic tubes, and place them upright (see the image below). Assemble the stopcock on the manometer, and draw the lidocaine into the 10-mL syringe.

CSF collection tubes. Image courtesy of Gil Z Shla CSF collection tubes. Image courtesy of Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD.

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