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Lumbar puncture

06 February 2008

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article discusses the need for lumbar puncture, preparation of the patient and equipment necessary for this procedure. The rationale for the intervention is...

Early recognition of encephalitis in acute settings

13 April 2017

Emergency Nurse

Evidence & practice

Encephalitis is a life-threatening condition in which inflammation of the brain tissue occurs. Although it is relatively rare, misdiagnosis or delays in recognition...

Multiple sclerosis: understanding a complex neurological condition

17 March 2010

Nursing Standard

CPD

This article provides a brief overview of the pathophysiology of multiple sclerosis (MS). The symptoms experienced, including their management and treatment by...

Lumbar puncture: diagnosing acute central nervous system infections

24 October 2012

Nursing Standard

CPD

Lumbar puncture has an important role in the diagnosis of acute central nervous system infections. The clinical contraindications to lumbar puncture must be...

Improving rehabilitation for patients with brain cancers

09 September 2014

Cancer Nursing Practice

Feature

Guidelines for initial assessment, investigation and management of patients with brain and central nervous system cancers have been developed by the London Cancer...

Understanding the pathophysiology behind febrile convulsions

11 March 2015

Nursing Children and Young People

Art & Science

The most common background to hyperpyrexia and convulsions is immaturity of the child’s physiological reactions to infection, so an understanding of the...

Fibromyalgia: clinical features, diagnosis and management

28 September 2016

Nursing Standard

CPD

Patients with fibromyalgia experience chronic widespread pain, with associated symptoms of fatigue, sleep disturbance and memory problems. There are many therapies...

Nervous system: part 1

02 April 2014

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article, which forms part of the life sciences series and is the first of three articles on the nervous system, explores the major divisions of the nervous...

Nervous system: part 2

09 April 2014

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article, which forms part of the life sciences series and is the second of three articles on the nervous system, explores the major divisions of the brain and...

Management of acute confusion in patients with CNS infections

11 December 2013

Nursing Standard

CPD

This article discusses the management of acute confusion and aggression in patients with infections of the central nervous system (CNS). The issues discussed are...