Lumbar puncture: diagnosing acute central nervous system infections

Nurs Stand. 2012 Oct 24-30;27(8):49-56; quiz 58. doi: 10.7748/ns2012.


Lumbar puncture has an important role in the diagnosis of acute central nervous system infections. The clinical contraindications to lumbar puncture must be considered before the procedure is carried out, and nurses need to have an understanding of how best to inform, support and reassure patients.

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Central Nervous System Infections / diagnosis*
  • Central Nervous System Infections / nursing
  • Education, Nursing, Continuing*
  • Humans
  • Informed Consent
  • Spinal Puncture*
  • United Kingdom