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Is bed rest useful after diagnostic lumbar puncture?
  1. D. A. Spriggs,
  2. D. J. Burn,
  3. J. French,
  4. N. E. Cartlidge,
  5. D. Bates
  1. Department of Neurology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.


    A randomized study of 110 patients undergoing their first diagnostic lumbar puncture was performed to compare the effect of immediate mobilization with 4 hours bed rest on the incidence of post lumbar puncture headache. There was no difference between the mobile (n = 54) and bed rest (n = 56) groups in the incidence of post lumbar puncture headache (32% versus 31%, respectively). We conclude that bed rest following lumbar puncture may be an unnecessary imposition on the patient, as well as on nursing staff.

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