A minor procedure, lumbar drain placement involves
placing a needle into the subarachnoid space in the lower spinal column, which
is located between the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebrae.
- Placement of
drain in spine
Treated with Lumbar Drain Placement:
Lumbar drain placement may be performed in cases of normal pressure
hydrocephalus, pain, and to drain cerebrospinal fluid or measure pressure in
the subarachnoid space.
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical
alternatives to lumbar drain placement.
with Lumbar Drain Placement:
Lumbar drain placement is performed with a local
Complications from Lumbar Drain Placement:
Possible risks following lumbar drain placement
include nerve root injury, spinal headache, arterial puncture, meningitis, coma
and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience
tonsillar herniation as a result of increased intracranial pressure.