Lumbar puncture preferences among Swedish neurologists.
2015 (English)In: Neurological Research, ISSN 0161-6412, Vol. 37, no 1, 92-4 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Lumbar puncture (LP) with cerebrospinal fluid analysis is a common diagnostic tool in neurology, and may be complicated by post-LP headache (PLPHA). The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) has published guidelines for performing diagnostic LPs with the aim to reduce PLPHA risk, but our clinical hands-on experience suggests that these are not followed. We performed a questionnaire study among Swedish neurologists to investigate the acceptance and implementation of the AAN guidelines. Only one-eighth (22/174) of the respondents performed their LPs according to the AAN guidelines. The poor adherence to the AAN guidelines among Swedish neurologists may be due to perceived low credibility, as the current guidelines cite only one study to support the recommendation to use atraumatic needles, and only one study to support the recommendation to replace the stylet before needle withdrawal. An international survey has been posted ( https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/lumbarpuncturesurvey ) to investigate whether the results of this Swedish questionnaire are representative of neurologists worldwide.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 37, no 1, 92-4 p.
Clinical guidelines, Lumbar puncture (LP), Post-lumbar puncture headache (PLPHA)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-98392DOI: 10.1179/1743132814Y.0000000442ISI: 000345228600014PubMedID: 25213597OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-98392DiVA: diva2:782508