Does Static Ultrasound-Preview Reduce the Incidence of Difficult Lumbar Puncture?
Does the use of ultrasound facilitate a lumbar puncture by reducing the number of difficult and traumatic lumbar punctures?
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
|Official Title:||Does Static Ultrasound-Preview Reduce the Incidence of Traumatic and/or Difficult Lumbar Puncture? A Randomized Control Trial|
- 3 or more needle sticks to successfully complete lumbar puncture [ Time Frame: We collect the data immediately ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Greater than 400 red blood cells in the cerebral spinal fluid [ Time Frame: Data is obtained within 1 hour when the lab reports the results of the CSF analysis ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||December 2004|
|Study Completion Date:||October 2005|
|Primary Completion Date:||October 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
No Intervention: No Ultrasound
Standard LP without ultrasound use
Experimental: Ultrasound Use
Ultrasound used to assess spine and best location for lumbar puncture.
Ultrasound used to visualize spine to determine best location for lumbar puncture.
This is a controlled trial randomizing lumbar puncture patients to groups utilizing ultrasound to preview the bony structures of the spine versus using standard palpation technique. The goal is to determine the helpfulness of ultrasound in performing lumbar punctures (to reduce difficult and traumatic lumbar punctures) among patients whose spines cannot be easily visualized.
|United States, New York|
|New York, New York, United States, 10025|
|Principal Investigator:||Kaushal Shah, MD||St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center|