January 2005
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary;2005, p1821
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A definition of the term "puncture" is presented. It refers to a hole or wound made by a sharp pointed instrument. A puncture may be arterial, cerebrospinal, and cisterna. Cerebrospinal puncture is a puncture for the collection of cerebrospinal fluid or the injection of contrast media or medications. And, cisternal puncture is a spinal puncture with a hollow needle between the cervical vertebrae, through the dura mater, and into the cisterna at the base of the brain.


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