Lumbar drains are used to remove cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from the spinal column. This procedure can relieve intracranial pressure, caused by excess CSF, and assist in healing CSF leaks from the brain or spine after surgery or a head injury. To remove the fluid, a catheter is inserted into the subarachnoid space through the vertebrae using a Tuohy needle as shown in Figures 1(a)–1(d),
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This figure illustrates the process of catheter insertion, where (a) the needle is inserted, (b) the catheter and guide wire are inserted, (c) the needle is removed, and (d) the guide wire is removed.

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This figure illustrates the process of catheter insertion, where (a) the needle is inserted, (b) the catheter and guide wire are inserted, (c) the needle...

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