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Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2009;20(3): 304-309.
Comparison of Ultrasound-assisted Lumbar Puncture with Lumbar Puncture using Palpation of Landmarks in Aged Patients in an Emergency Center
Yong Chul Cho, Do Hyun Koo, Se Kwang Oh, Won Joon Jeong, Won Suk Lee, Yeon Ho You, Seung Ryu, Jin Woong Lee, Seung Whan Kim, In Sool Yoo
1Department of Emergency Medicine, Chungnam National University Hospital, Daejeon, Korea. emd@hanmail.net
2Department of Emergency Medicine, Konyang Unversity Hospital, Daejeon, Korea.
3Department of Emergency Medicine, Dong-A University Medical Center, Pusan, Korea.
We evaluated the utility of ultrasound-assisted lumbar puncture (UALP) in aged patients who visited our emergency center.
This was a prospective, randomized, controlled study. From July to December 2007 we enrolled patients who were at least 60 years of age . Patients were divided into a group that had lumbar puncture (LP) using landmark palpation (group A) and a UALP group (group B). We did between-group comparisons for the number of attempts, procedure time, the number of LP failures, and whether traumatic LP was done. For all hypotheses, a significance level of 0.05 was used. Variables are reported as percentages and mean +/-standard deviation.
We enrolled sixty aged patients: 30 in group A and 30 in group B. There were 5 cases of LP failure in group A and none in group B (p<0.05). There were 6 cases of traumatic lumbar puncture in group A, and one case in group B (p=0.05). The number of attempts was 3.3+/-2.4 in group A and 1.5+/-0.8 in group B (p<0.05). It took 10.6+/-7.7 minutes to finish each LP in group A compared to 5.3+/-4.2 minutes in group B (p<0.05).
The use of ultrasound-assisted lumbar puncture significantly reduces the number of failures, the number of attempts, and the procedure time in aged patients.
Key words: Ultrasonography, Spinal puncture, Aged
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