Canterbury DHB


Lumbar Punctures and Intrathecal Cytotoxics

Intrathecal chemotherapy will be prescribed and administered by a specialist or doctor in specialist training whose name is on the CDHB register for this purpose. See the CDHB Intrathecal Chemotherapy Policy.

Only Methotrexate, Cytarabine, and hydrocortisone are given via this route.

IMPORTANT: ONLY administer Vinca alkaloids intravenously. Administration via other routes can be fatal.

In This Section

Lumbar Puncture Procedure

Methotrexate (MTX)

Cytarabine (Ara C)

Method of Lumbar Puncture

Examination of CSF

About this Canterbury DHB document (5731):

Document Owner:

Steve Gibbons and Fiona Stone (see Who's Who)

Issue Date:

March 2017

Next Review:

March 2020


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Topic Code: 5731