I have seen one adult who received freq therapeutic LPs (Pseudotumor Cerebrii) develop herpetic
encephalitis. She had received an LP, then two days later developed a rash consistent with, and
later confirmed as shingles in the same dermatome as the puncture. The same day she became
delirious, sterile meningitis, and viral analysis was positive for varicella. (over 30,000 wbc on
But that is a rarity I am sure.
Also one spinal epidural hematoma post puncture that needed surgical evacuation.
Ron Brace, MD
St. Mary Corwin Med Center
Dept. of EM
Pueblo, CO 81069
Michael Newdow wrote:
> Just out of curiosity, how many out there have seen a complication (aside from post-LP h/a's)
> from an LP?
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