Obviously, I’m excluding the rather large proportion of my workload where the presence of white cells in the CSF indicate metastatic disease … but in normal children, if you did an LP on a child after a seizure and got a total white cell count of 19, would you be treating for meningitis? […]
What’s a normal CSF opening pressure?
Bob has kindly let one or two of us into his Archimedes blog to write about some of the papers we’ve consider for Picket in E&P This letter in the NEJM (Avery RA, Shah SS, Licht DJ, et al. Reference range for cerebrospinal fluid opening pressure in children. N Engl J Med 2010;363:891-3.) gives us, potentially, […]
Q: Parental presence and lumbar punctures
Does having the a worried mum or fretful dad in the room with you make a lumbar puncture less likely to succeed? It’s an interesting question, and one that has been posed following an evening on call in Yorkshire. What’s the opinions of folk out there – and any evidence that you can quote to […]