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Collegium antropologicum, Vol.27 No.2 December 2003. -

Lumbar puncture was performed in 195 children and the depth of needle was recorded.

Our results show that the depth of lumbar puncture necessary to obtain uncontaminated

cerebrospinal fluid correlates best with the child’s weight. The simple formula:

mean depth of insertion cm = 1.3 + 0.07 x body weight kg, can be used to

estimate the depth of lumbar puncture of children older than 3 months. The depths of

lumbar puncture of children younger than 3 months are mostly 1.0–1.5 cm.

anthropometrics; lumbar puncture; depth; children



Author: Ervina Bilić - Ernest Bilić - Martin Dadić - Marina Boban -

Source: http://hrcak.srce.hr/



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