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Dr. Behnam Myers
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Cauda Equina Syndrome (Overview)

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 weakness/numbness, and bladder/bowel issues.


Dr. Behnam Myers
136 doctors shared insights

Cauda Equina Syndrome (Overview)

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 weakness/numbness, and bladder/bowel issues.


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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?

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

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