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What are the differences between conus medullaris injury and cauda equina injury?

What are the differences between conus medullaris injury and cauda equina injury?

Anatomy: A conus injury is an injury to the tip of spinal cord. A cauda equina syndrome is injury to the collection of nerve roots below the spinal cord. Both can affect bowel and bladder function. ...Read more

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Dr. Behnam Myers
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Cauda Equina Syndrome (Definition)

The cauda equina is the "horses tail" of the nerves at the tail end of the spinal cord below the waist level. These nerves subserve the bladder, bowel, and legs. If the area is compressed (lumbar stenosis) or a tumor is present, the nerves can be damaged, which may cause initial neurogenic claudication (with activity) or leg ...Read more


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What is the difference between the injuries experienced at the conus medularis and cauda equina?

What is the difference between the injuries experienced at the conus medularis and cauda equina?

cauda vs conus: The conus is still part of the spinal cord, and an injury here could cause weakness, numbness, or bowel/bladder/sexual problems. Upper motor neuron problems occur (brisk reflexes, etc). The cauda equina is the bundle of nerves that the spinal cord terminates as. Problems here could cause similar symptoms, but lower motor neuron findings on exam. ...Read more

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How do I avoid developing cauda equina syndrome?

How do I avoid developing cauda equina syndrome?

Doctor: If you have a history of lumbar disc herniation or spinal stenosis, check with your doctor to see if the compression seen on imaging studies warrants concern. If you have no history of lumbar issues, then your risk is extremely low of ever developing this condition in one's lifetime. There is no screening for this pathology for prevention. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm suffering from cauda equina syndrome?

See your doctor.: If you truly have cauda equina syndrome, you may need surgery to prevent permanent damage to your nerves. In its simplest form, the surgery involves taking the pressure off of the nerves in your lower back. ...Read more

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I really hurt when having needles stuck in me. What can be done to diagnose cauda equina syndrome?

I really hurt when having needles stuck in me. What can be done to diagnose cauda equina syndrome?

MRI: The best way to see the problems in the cauda aquina region ( latin for horses tail, referring to the nerve roots) is an mri. ...Read more

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What can I do at home to save money and treat cauda equina syndrome?

Non: This very serious problem should be address as soon as possible by specialist. Thank you. ...Read more

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My anus is tingling due to my bad lower back do I have cauda equina syndrome?

My anus is tingling due to my bad lower back do I have cauda equina syndrome?

Yes: yes, this can be a symptom of cauda equina syndrome, along with numbness and tingling down the back of legs, low back pain and incontinence of urine and/or bowels. Any of these symtpoms can happen. have you had an MRI of low bakc? If you have this, surgery is a must. ...Read more

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Not sure why this happened, but doctor says I have cauda equina syndrome. Am trying to figure out what it is before I tell my boss.?

Not sure why this happened, but doctor says I have cauda equina syndrome. Am trying to figure out what it is before I tell my boss.?

Painwhen you set: Injuring the coccyx can give rise to a condition called coccydynia.[12] [13] a number of tumors are known to involve the coccyx.; this could pain when set some when you walk also when defecate, or having constipation. ...Read more

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I was treated for cauda equina syndrome by disectomy surgery . It's already more than 3 months but i still have issues with bladder . Any suggestion?

I was treated for cauda equina syndrome by disectomy surgery . It's already more than 3 months but i still have issues with bladder . Any suggestion?

Long recovery: This can have a fairly extended recovery period. I would recommend continued close follow-up by urology. There are certain procedures that they can do if needed if this is a permanent issue. Generally, full improvement can take 6-12 months or longer. ...Read more

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Dr. Behnam Myers
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Cauda Equina (Definition)

Spinal cord ends at upper lumbar spine (l1-2 level) and become a bundle of nerve roots, which look like horse tail. It passes bony tube inside the lumbar vertebrae while sending out nerve roots at each spine levels. You can easily visualize the anatomy on-line if ...Read more


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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more