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DIAGNOSTIC  LUMBAR  PUNCTURE with a Sprotte®Atraumatic Needle

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Carson and Serpell: 20G Sprotte needle transduces CSF pressure accurately in under one minute. Displays flow rate of 2ml/min.

Engelhardt, Oheim and Neundorfer: verification of PLPS being reduced by a factor of 10 (with a Sprotte needle). Introduction of atraumatic lumbar punctures in neurology.

Jager H, Schimrigk K, Haas A.: factor of 10 reduction of PLPS confirmed in random double-blind study.

Braune and Huffman: factor of 10 reduction of PLPS confirmed in second double blind study.

Ohman, Ernerudh, Forsberg, Roberg and Vrethem: In the determination of CSF IgM by Lumbar Puncture, the inner wall is shown to be contaminated by the action of a Quincke needle penetrating the tissue. Ohman et al determine that use of a Sprotte needle – whose conical tip displaces the tissue pressure from the lateral opening – eliminates such contamination, thereby increasing the meaningfulness of CPS diagnostics for MS and infections.

R e f e r e n c e s
1. Braune HJ, Huffman G. A prospective double-blind clinical trial, comparing the sharp Quincke needle (22G) with an "atraumatic" needle (22G) in the induction of post lumbar puncture headache. acta neurol scand 1992;86:50-54

2. Brockman K: The Post-Lumbar Puncture Syrndrome related to the Shape of the Lumbar Puncture Needle Point. akt. Neurol. 1990;17:190-193

3. Carson D , Serpell M. Choosing the best needle for diagnostic lumbar puncture. neurology 1996;47:33-37

4. Engelhardt A, Oheim S, Neundorfer B. Post -lumbar puncture headache: experiences with Sprotte's Atraumatic needle. Cephalagia 1992;12:259

5. Jager H, Schimrigk K, Haas A. Post Lumbar Puncture Headache-Prevention by Means of an Atraumatic Needle. akt neurol. 1991;18:61-64

6. Ohman S, Ernerudh J, Forsberg P, Roberg M, Vrethem M: Lower values for immunoglobulin M in Cerebrospinal fluid when sampled with an atraumatic Sprotte needle compared with conventional lumbar puncture ann clin biochem. 1995;32:210-212


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