Diagnostic and therapeutic lumbar punctures (LP) are an integral component of the evaluation and treatment for many children with cancer. Headache occurring as a result of LP is not uncommon, particularly in our adolescent population, and can significantly impact both quality of life and protocol therapy. This presentation will provide an overview of what we know, and what we think we know, about the risk factors, prevention, and treatment of post-LP headaches, highlighting recently published guidelines for prevention.
Angela Punnett, MD, FRCPC,
Undergraduate Medical Education and Associate Professor, Paediatrics, University of Toronto
The Hospital for Sick Children
Dr. Angela Punnett is a pediatric oncologist with the leukemia/lymphoma section in the Division of Haematology/Oncology at The Hospital for Sick Children. She is an educator with the Department of Paediatrics, Director of Undergraduate Medical Education and Associate Director of the Paediatric Haematology/Oncology Training Program with the University of Toronto.