A. E. LIVINGSTON, M.D.
To the editor: Marton and Gean (1) have presented an excellent review of the use of the spinal tap. They state that many believe the spinal tap is associated with the complication of headache "10% to 25%" of the time and that this headache can persist for several days. This incidence, they go on to note, can be reduced drastically by using a 20-gauge needle and by keeping the patient prone for several hours after the tap.
My experience with this diagnostic procedure is extensive because of my having been involved in the diagnosis and care of many persons with
LIVINGSTON AE. The Spinal Tap. Ann Intern Med. ;105:464. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-3-464_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(3):464.
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