Ultrasound Use for Difficult Lumbar Punctures in Pediatric Oncology Patients
Hematology-oncology patients may require frequent lumbar puncture for diagnosis, assessment and therapy. When LP is difficult, the patient may endure multiple attempts, prolonged anesthesia time, and with failure of LP may require fluoroscopy-guidance with associated radiation exposure. This investigation will evaluate lumbar punctures performed in the intraoperative setting by oncologists with ultrasound guidance performed by the anesthesiologist in the leukemic pediatric population. The investigators hypothesis is that anesthesiologist guided ultrasound assistance will decrease intraoperative time, number of attempts and need to have the procedure done with fluoroscopy minimizing radiation exposure.
|Study Design:||Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Ultrasound Imaging Facilitates Lumbar Punctures in Pediatric Oncology Patients With Difficult Surface Landmarks and/or a History of Difficult Lumbar Puncture|
- Number of punctures [ Time Frame: 1 day ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Number of punctures required to obtain cerebral spinal fluid.
|Study Start Date:||July 2012|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||July 2014|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date:||June 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Ultrasound guidance for difficult lumbar punctures in the leukemic pediatric population.