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By the completion of this teaching unit, the student physician will be able to:

  1. List the indications for lumbar puncture
  2. List the contraindications for lumbar puncture
  3. Describe when a CT scan is and is not required prior to lumbar puncture
  4. List and discuss the complications of lumbar puncture
  5. Describe the equipment employed for lumbar puncture
  6. Demonstrate a safe method for performing a lumbar puncture on a model
  7. Discuss the appropriate CSF studies to be ordered in cases of suspected meningitis or subarachnoid hemorrhage