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Dr. Behnam Myers
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Cauda Equina Syndrome (Overview)

A serious neurologic condition in which damage to the cauda equina causes loss of function of the lumbar plexus (nerve roots) of the spinal canal below the termination (conus medullaris) of the spinal cord.


Dr. Behnam Myers
137 doctors shared insights

Cauda Equina Syndrome (Overview)

A serious neurologic condition in which damage to the cauda equina causes loss of function of the lumbar plexus (nerve roots) of the spinal canal below the termination (conus medullaris) of the spinal cord.


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What are the symptoms of cauda equina syndrome?

What are the symptoms of cauda equina syndrome?

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. ...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 are the tests for cauda equina syndrome?

What are the tests for cauda equina syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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What happens once you have cauda equina syndrome?

Depends on cause.: The prognosis of such a syndrome all depends on what is causing the issues. It may need surgical intervention, medication management, all depending on the physiologic etiology of the syndrome in question. ...Read more

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Can spinal for C-section cause cauda equina syndrome? If so how would u know u had it and what can be done?

Can spinal for C-section cause cauda equina syndrome? If so how would u know u had it and what can be done?

Spinal anesthesia: Spinal anesthesia for C section should not cause cauda equina syndrome unless it is complicated by bleeding or infection inside the spinal canal. You will experience weakness and numbness in your lower extremities. A spinal MRI may help to confirm the cause. ...Read more

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My father was diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome. What does this mean?

Cauda Equina: This condition usually occurs suddenly, and presents with saddle anesthessia (numbness in your buttock region as if you were sitting on a saddle) and overflow incontinence of urine. There may also be pain and weakness. This condition requires emergent surgery to have the best recovery of function. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could i treat cauda equina syndrome naturally?

Can you tell me how could i treat cauda equina syndrome naturally?

Not an option: If you have a true cauda equina syndrome, it is a surgically emergency as progression or prolonged compression of the nerves can lead to permanent paralysis. There is no natural treatment. Some people confuse spinal canal stenosis, which can respond to pt as a non-surgical treatment, but true cauda equina syndrome needs neurosurgical assessment. ...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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What is the treatment for cauda equina syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for cauda equina syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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What is best treatment to prevent cauda equina syndrome in patient who has sciatica ?

What is best treatment to prevent cauda equina syndrome in patient who has sciatica ?

None: That's like asking, "One of the rooms in my house is uncomfortably warm. How can I prevent my house from burning down?" Aside from the fact that a house fire produces heat, the two things are unrelated. CAS is RARE. Sciatica and CAS can be produced by some of the same pathologies, but sciatica is just a pain. CAS is serious. My advice: Find something else to worry about. ...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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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