Lumbar puncture should not be delayed in subarachnoid haemorrhage

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7151.148 (Published 11 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:148
  1. Christopher J Gerber, Consultant neurosurgeon,
  2. Peter Crawford, Consultant neurosurgeon,
  3. A D Mendelow, Professor of neurosurgery,
  4. Anil Gholkar, Consultant neuroradiologist,
  5. R P Sengupta, Consultant neurosurgeon
  1. Regional Neurosciences Centre, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6BE

    EDITOR—Wasserberg and Barlow's article is a timely reminder of the important position that lumbar puncture still has in diagnosing subarachnoid haemorrhage.1 Although we endorse their general conclusions, we disagree about the timing of lumbar puncture after subarachnoid haemorrhage.

    The authors suggest that lumbar puncture …

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