Lateral cervical puncture: an alternative to lumbar puncture

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

Abstract

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*