Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Tasmin | 2011-05-03

Q.

Lumbar Punch

What is the minimum age to do a lumbar punch on an infant? Would you suggest doing a lumab punch on a 5 month old baby?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Lumbar punctures can be done on newbrn babies if this is necessary in order to make the correct diagnosis if meningitis is suspected for example. Lumbar punctures can certainly be done on a baby of 5 months but of course only if this is really necessary.

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