The Yield of Lumbar Puncture to Exclude Nosocomial Meningitis As Aetiology for Mental Status Changes in the Medical Intensive Care Unit.

The Yield of Lumbar Puncture to Exclude Nosocomial Meningitis As Aetiology for Mental Status Changes in the Medical Intensive Care Unit.

SUMMARY We aimed to evaluate the diagnostic value of lumbar puncture in excluding nosocomial meningitis as the cause of mental status changes in medical intensive care unit patients. We retrospectively reviewed the records of all patients admitted to the medical intensive care unit at our institution over a four-year period who had a lumbar puncture performed during their stay. Patients with central nervous system devices were excluded.

The Yield of Lumbar Puncture to Exclude Nosocomial Meningitis As Aetiology for Mental Status Changes in the Medical Intensive Care Unit.



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