Author(s): M. Luqman Muhamed1, Sampathila Padmanabha1, Jacob Pavothikunnel Philip1 and Manjula Shantaram
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pressure1 is measured either by inserting a needle into subarachnoid space or ventricle of the brain as a part of Intra Cranial Pressure (ICP) Monitor. Lumbar approach2 to subarachnoid space is an easy method to monitor the CSF pressure using a spinal needle and a manometer. There are several indications to monitor CSF pressure such as diagnostic, therapeutic, ICP monitoring, internal hydrocephalus3 and for drainage of CSF. Contraindications are the marked ICP; patients with Glasgow Coma score less than four4; recent history of seizures; focal neurological deficit; coagulopathy5 and due to skin infection at the site of puncture.