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Does cauda equina syndrome with spinal stenosis cause complete paralysis?

Does cauda equina syndrome with spinal stenosis cause complete paralysis?

Dont wait 2 find out: Cauda equina syndrome is loss of control of bowel and bladder and numbness where you sit, called 'saddle anesthesia'. It is considered a neurosurgical emergency. Go to the er. ...Read more

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Palsy (Definition)

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Is cauda equina syndrome an incomplete paraplegia?

Is cauda equina syndrome an incomplete paraplegia?

No : It is a loss of bowel and bladder function of variable degree along with sensory changes in the "saddle" or sitting region of your body. ...Read more

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Can cauda equina syndrome with stenosis cause complete paralysis?

Can cauda equina syndrome with stenosis cause complete paralysis?

No: Cauda equina (tail of the horse) is just the end of the spinal cord. If there is spinal stenosis, there can be severe back and butt pain and difficulty standing up straight. There can be pinching of sacral nerves that cause pain down the leg and weakness in the feet. Sometimes bowel and bladder function can be affected. Tethering of the spinal cord may be involved. Paralysis should not occur. ...Read more

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Is cauda equina syndrome a permanent disabillity?

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. ...Read more

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Question about cauda equina syndrome caused by spinal nodule/tumor on cauda equina nerve roots - possible metastasis with severe increasing symptoms?

Question about cauda equina syndrome caused by spinal nodule/tumor on cauda equina nerve roots - possible metastasis with severe increasing symptoms?

Don't delay: Cauda equina syndrome is the loss of sensation or strength in the legs, along with loss of bowel and bladder control. It can be caused by tumor masses compressing nerve roots emanating from the lower part of the spinal cord. It is a medical emergency that may require surgery or radiation to prevent a permanent loss of function. ...Read more

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What is "cauda equina syndrome"?

What is  "cauda equina syndrome"?

Compression: Cauda equina is the cluster of nerve roots distal to the end of the spinal cord in the lumbosacral cistern, at the lower back. Compression due to disc rupture, tumor, or narrowing can cause leg weakness, and/or numbness, inability to initiate urination, constipation or diarrhea, and various expressions of pain. Can be lumber stenosis, which is gradual. All of the above need evaluation, ?Op. ...Read more

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Can you explain cauda equina syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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What sort of MRI detects cauda equina syndrome?

What sort of MRI detects cauda equina syndrome?

CES imaging modality: MRI: T1 and high on T2 sequences. CT myelogram, only if MRI is not available. ...Read more

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What can you expect from cauda equina syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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What is cauda equina syndrome ?

Compression: Cauda equina is the cluster of nerve roots distal to the end of the spinal cord in the lumbosacral cistern, at the lower back. Compression due to disc rupture, tumor, or narrowing can cause leg weakness, and/or numbness, inability to initiate urination, constipation or diarrhea, and various expressions of pain. Can be lumber stenosis, which is gradual. All of the above need evaluation, ?Op. ...Read more

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Which sort of MRI to detect cauda equina syndrome?

Lumbar: A lumbar spine MRI would cover the bottom of the spinal (i.e. The conus medullaris) the the nerve roots coursing out of the conus( cauda equina). ...Read more

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What sort of disease is cauda equina syndrome?

What sort of disease is cauda equina syndrome?

SERIOUS: This literally means 'horses tail'' referring to the summation of nerves in the low back. The seriousness comes from the syndrome of all the nerves being compressed by a large lumbar (low back) disc (or tumor) causing weakness in legs and bladder & bowel changes. Immediate surgery is best treatment or permanent damage may result. ...Read more

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Is temporary paralysis possible after having spinal injury?

Is temporary paralysis possible after having spinal injury?

Sometimes temporay: Sometimes injury causes spine "shock" or swelling and paralysis may resolve when it goes away. A little healing may occur even in severe cases and a cord only crushed a little may improve on its own or after decompression surgery of bone, ruptured disk tumor or whatever else might be crushing it. High dose steroids a given early give it a better chance. Rehabilitation also may help greatly. ...Read more

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Mrireport l4l5disc bulge bilatral lumberlordosis lost spondylosis deformanswithdddwith cauda equina compression and bilateral compresive radiculopathy?

Mrireport l4l5disc bulge bilatral lumberlordosis lost spondylosis deformanswithdddwith cauda equina compression and bilateral compresive radiculopathy?

MRI report: This means you have some spinal arthritis with some nerve compression (lateral compression) and some central compression of the caudal equine (where other defending nerves travel). There is also loss of the normal lumbar lordosis curve which may signify back spasm. This can only be interpreted based on your symptoms and neurological exam. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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If one has a spinal cord tumor, is paralysis inevitable?

If one has a spinal cord tumor, is paralysis inevitable?

Ask your doc: You need to know if your tumor is benign or malignant and where it is on your spine because tumors higher up will be more likely to cause paralysis than ones lower down. Malignant tumors are usually worse than benign but paralysis can usually be avoided if treated. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a caudal spinal steroid injection to cause cauda equina syndrome symptoms?

Is it possible for a caudal spinal steroid injection to cause cauda equina syndrome symptoms?

Not likely: Because the spinal cord ends at bout vertebral level L1 (range T12-L3) and epidural injection is performed at L4, the risks of the injection does not include direct injury to the spinal cord. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of cauda equina syndrome?

Many: The nerve compression can be initially intermittent such as neurogenic claudication, with weakness, and numbness on exercise or walking. Later, perhaps, trouble with bladder and bowel, leg weakness, perhaps atrophy, numbness and pain. ...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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Had cauda equina syndrome, did disectomy, laminectomy. Bladder still not emptying, doctor order urodynamics, will it show some result through testing?

Had cauda equina syndrome, did disectomy, laminectomy. Bladder still not emptying, doctor order urodynamics, will it show some result through testing?

Speak to your : Surgeon about repeating a MRI with contrast to evaluate surgical outcome to make sure adequate decompression and no recurrence or new disc issue. Sometimes , there may be ongoing issues that may or may not be permanent and a urodynamics test may help to evaluate this situation further if MRI is negative. You will get additional information but this does not always predict future outcome. ...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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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


Dr. William Singer
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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more