Computed tomography-guided lumbar drain placement: Technical note

Menachem M. Gold, Todd S. Miller, Joaquim M. Farinhas, David J. Altschul, Jacqueline A. Bello, Allan L. Brook

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The authors describe a technique for lumbar drain placement using CT guidance. Midline or paramidline interlaminar approaches to the thecal sac can be used. The major advantage to CT guidance is direct visualization of the needle tip in relation to the thecal sac. This technical approach is a safe and rapid alternative to fluoroscopic guidance for the placement of lumbar drains in patients in whom standard lumbar drain placement techniques have failed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-373
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery: Spine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2008



  • Cerebrospinal fluid shunt
  • Computed tomography guidance
  • Lumbar drain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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