Evidence of the presence of meningitis may be obtained by lumbar puncture.
lumbar puncture should always be performed as an aid to diagnosis.
Examination of the fluid withdrawn by lumbar puncture may furnish useful information (p. 338).
lumbar puncture may reveal the presence of blood corpuscles in the cerebro-spinal fluid, and increase in the tension of the fluid.
lumbar puncture, venesection, or the application of leeches over the temple or behind the ear may be employed with benefit.
Examination of the fluid obtained by lumbar puncture is of value in diagnosis of certain forms of meningitis.
lumbar puncture n.
Puncture into the subarachnoid space of the lumbar region for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. Also called rachicentesis, rachiocentesis, spinal puncture, spinal tap.
|lumbar puncture |
The insertion of a hollow needle beneath the arachnoid membrane of the spinal cord in the lumbar region to withdraw cerebrospinal fluid for diagnostic purposes or to administer medication.