J. Clin. Med. 2013, 2(4), 328-330; doi:10.3390/jcm2040328
Letter

Repeat Lumbar Puncture: CSF Lactic Acid Levels are Predictive of Cure with Acute Bacterial Meningitis

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Received: 5 November 2013; in revised form: 4 December 2013 / Accepted: 13 December 2013 / Published: 17 December 2013
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Abstract: A common clinical problem concerns the utility of repeat lumbar puncture (LP) in adults with acute bacterial meningitis (ABM), e.g., pneumococcal meningitis [1]. An LP is initially done for diagnostic purposes in patients with suspected ABM, i.e., diagnostic lumbar puncture (DLP). A repeat LP (RLP) may be done 1–3 days after the initial DLP, if the patient shows no improvement. If a patient with ABM is not doing well after three days, adequacy of antimicrobial therapy is the main concern. Other reasons for RLP is to detect possible intracranial complications of ABM unrelated to adequacy of therapy [1–2].
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Cunha, B.A. Repeat Lumbar Puncture: CSF Lactic Acid Levels are Predictive of Cure with Acute Bacterial Meningitis. J. Clin. Med. 2013, 2, 328-330.

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Cunha BA. Repeat Lumbar Puncture: CSF Lactic Acid Levels are Predictive of Cure with Acute Bacterial Meningitis. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2013; 2(4):328-330.

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Cunha, Burke A. 2013. "Repeat Lumbar Puncture: CSF Lactic Acid Levels are Predictive of Cure with Acute Bacterial Meningitis." J. Clin. Med. 2, no. 4: 328-330.

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