Lateral cervical puncture: an alternative to lumbar puncture

Neurology. 1978 Jun;28(6):616-8. doi: 10.1212/wnl.28.6.616.


As an alternative to lumbar puncture for acquisition of cerebrospinal fluid, lateral cervical puncture is simple to perform and appears to have less potential for major complications than suboccipital puncture. A small number of normal cerebrospinal fluid samples from lateral cervical puncture were analyzed and were within the normal range of fluid obtained by lumbar puncture.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Posture
  • Spinal Puncture / methods*