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is cauda equina syndrome a permanent disabillity?

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Dr. Yoshihiro Yamamoto
Neurosurgery 36 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 34-year-old member asked:

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.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me the function of the cauda equina?

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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 31 years experience
Legs b/b function: Contains all the lumbar and sacral nerve roots carry brain signals to legs and sphincters bladder anus.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

How do physicians diagnose cauda equina syndrome?

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Dr. Jonathan Hyde
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 29 years experience
Urgent Evaluation: This emergent syndrome is due to severe compression of the lumbar nerve rootlets (cauda equina) secondary to a ruptured disk, tumor, infection, fracture, or narrowing of the spinal canal. If not treated, it can lead to permament bowel/bladder dysfunction, paralysis, and sexual dyfunction. The diagnosis is made with a history and physical exam, along with MRI or ct scanning.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How do physicians treat cauda equina syndrome?

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Depends: If it is acute (just started in the last day or so), it is usually treated urgently (right away). Start with your primary doctor or spine physician (if you have one). If you cannot get with them, go to urgent care or the nearest emergency room. Chronic cauda equina syndrome can be assessed at your convenience.
A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you explain cauda equina syndrome?

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Dr. Jason Hemming
Gastroenterology 17 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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