Low Incidence of Post-Lumbar Puncture Headache in 1,089 Consecutive Memory Clinic Patients

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Aim: To examine the incidence of post-lumbar puncture headache (PLPH) in patients admitted for cognitive disturbances. Methods: The incidence of PLPH and other general (subdural hematoma, meningitis, encephalitis) or local (local pain, spinal hematoma, local infection) complications was evaluated in 1,089 consecutive patients (aged 23-89 years) who underwent lumbar puncture as a part of the routine diagnostic evaluation between February 2001 and March 2007 at a specialized memory clinic. Results: 28 (2.6%) of the patients reported PLPH of mild severity. No other local or general complications occurred. Conclusions: The incidence of PLPH in patients with cognitive disturbances is low and CSF analyses can thus be part of the diagnostic work-up at memory clinics. Copyright (C) 2010 S. Karger AG, Basel


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  • Neurology


  • Alzheimer's disease, Headache, Lumbar puncture
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-330
JournalEuropean Neurology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch