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Is there a cure for cauda equina syndrome?

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Dr. Greg Khounganian
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 18 years experience
Surgery: Cauda equina is a syndrome that causes numbness and weakness to the lower extremities from a severe compression of the nerve roots in the lumbar spine. In addition it can cause urinary or bowel problems. This is a surgical emergency and requires a decompressive procedure so to not be left with permanent nerve damage.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
A laminectomy : This syndrome is due to compression of the nerve tissue that can be from several causes. Depending on the cause & location of the problem, the surgery is a decompression of the nerve tissue usually through a laminectomy but can be from an anterior or lateral approach or combined &may or may not involve a fusion & instrumentation as well. Surgery needs to be done emergently for chance of cure.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

How to treat cauda equina syndrome naturally?

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Dr. James Goodrich
Neurosurgery 39 years experience
Cauda equina syndrom: Cauda equina syndrome is a very serious matter and needs to be treated most commonly by surgery - I am not aware of any naturopathic treatments that will correct this problem.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for cauda equina syndrome?

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Critical Care 23 years experience
Depends: Cauda equina is often caused by a very larger herniated disc. This can be treated with urgent surgery. Other causes would be tumors, hemorrhages and penetrating trauma, such as a gunshot wound. The outcomes from treatment are highly variable, and depend on the mechanism, degree of deficit and the timing of the intervention.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is cauda equina syndrome?

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Dr. Kevin Teal
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Pressure on nerves : This syndrome occurs due to pressure on the nerves in the lumbar spinal canal. After the spinal cord ends, the nerves going down to the legs and bladder form a collection of stringlike structures called the "horse tail" or cauda equina in latin. Severe pressure on this group of nerves can cause profound leg weakness, and loss of bladder/bowel control. This usually occurs due to large disc bulges.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What happens once you have cauda equina syndrome?

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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 29 years experience
Problems: With cauda equina syndrome, there is usually a severe compression of the lower lumbar spinal canal which leads to progressive weakness of one or both legs, loss of bowel and/or bladder control, and sensory changes (often in the groin region). If acutely diagnosed, it is a surgical emergency usually requiring a laminectomy. Chronic cases (over 48 hours) may also require surgery.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for cauda equina syndrome?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
History, exam, image: Trouble emptying the bladder, new and attended by numbness in the private area (and other symptoms) prompt a rectal exam. Urgent imaging (usually mri) of the low back confirms the diagnosis. Decompression as soon as possible seems to improve the outcome.

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