Which size syringe is most beneficial in administering local anesthesia prior to lumbar puncture (LP)?

Updated: Aug 02, 2018
  • Author: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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This process anesthetizes the entire immediate area so that if redirection of the spinal needle is necessary, the area will still be anesthetized. For this reason, a 10-mL syringe may be more beneficial than the usual 3-mL syringe supplied with the standard lumbar puncture kit.


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