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If Meningitis Is Suspected And The MD Orders A Lumbar

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Posted on Thu, 23 Jun 2022
Question: If meningitis is suspected and the MD orders a lumbar puncture, is there any medical reason for specifically requesting that opening pressure NOT be measured? WHy would the MD do this?
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Answered by Dr. Dr.Dorina Gurabardhi (16 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Opening pressure is always required.

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear,
I read carefully your query and understand your concern.

Opening pressure is always required when doing a lumbar puncture. Failing to do so could mean missing the diagnosis.
In my knowledge, there is no cause why the MD would not require the opening pressure.

Hope my answer was helpful.
If you have further queries feel free to contact me again.

Kind regards!

Dr.Dorina Gurabardhi
General &Family Physician
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If Meningitis Is Suspected And The MD Orders A Lumbar

Brief Answer: Opening pressure is always required. Detailed Answer: Hello dear, I read carefully your query and understand your concern. Opening pressure is always required when doing a lumbar puncture. Failing to do so could mean missing the diagnosis. In my knowledge, there is no cause why the MD would not require the opening pressure. Hope my answer was helpful. If you have further queries feel free to contact me again. Kind regards! Dr.Dorina Gurabardhi General &Family Physician