How is the needle used as a guide during 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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The 20-gauge needle can also be used as a guide for the general direction of the spinal needle. In other words, the best direction in which to aim the spinal needle can be confirmed if the 20-gauge needle encounters bone in one direction but not in another.


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