Use of atraumatic, rather than conventional, needles for lumbar puncture more
than halves the rate of post-procedure headache, according to a recent systematic review of high-quality evidence published in the Lancet
Moreover, this improvement does not come at the expense of procedure success rates. These findings offer clinicians and stakeholders a comprehensive assessment
and high-quality evidence for the safety and efficacy of atraumatic needles as a superior option for patients who require lumbar puncture.
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