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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is cauda equina syndrome a permanent disabillity?

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Dr. Yoshihiro Yamamoto
Neurosurgery 37 years experience
Possibly: Depending on your function of bowel, bladder and legs. If it was caused by anatomical pressure on cauda equina, which then surgically fixed, you might still experience slow improvement.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you explain cauda equina syndrome?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 18 years experience
Neurological : It is a serious neurologic condition in which there is acute loss of function of the nerve roots of the spinal canal below the termination of the spinal cord. Compression, trauma or other damage to this region of the spinal cord can result in cauda equina syndrome.
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A 32-year-old member asked:

What exactly is cauda equina syndrome?

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Critical Care 24 years experience
Severe nerve pinch: There is a bundle of nerves in the lumbar spine that hang down from the spinal cord. This is the cauda equina or the horse's tail. The syndrome is caused by severe compression or injury of the entire bundle. It results in bilateral leg weakness, bowel and bladder incontinence. It's commonly caused by a large herniated disc, but also by tumor, trauma or hemorrhage.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of cauda equina syndrome?

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Dr. Roger Frankel
Neurosurgery 30 years experience
Saddle anesthesia: Cauda equine syndrome is caused by compression of nerves arising from the end of the spinal cord. Symptoms can include pain, weakness and numbness in legs there can be problems with urinary function as well. Numbness in the region of the genitals and anus (saddle anesthesia) is one of the classic findings associated with this disorder that differentiate it from a less severe lumbar pinched nerve.
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A 41-year-old member asked:

What can you expect from cauda equina syndrome?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Weakness: The term refers to disease affecting the terminal area below the spinal cord, and can cause bilateral leg weakness, numbness, inability to urinate, but early on may cause a neurogenic claudication, where walking or exercise creates transient numbness and weakness.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me about cauda equina syndrome?

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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine 13 years experience
Compression at base : Of spinal cord and early nerve roots in spinal cnal, which can be a serious emergency and would need surgical intervention. This syndrome includes not only pain, but loss of control of bladder and/or bowel (loss of continence or retention), numbness on the insides of your thighs and groin area, occasionally weakness in legs. If suspected, see physician immediately.
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