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Doctor insights on: Epidural Shots Leading To Cauda Equina

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Is cauda equina syndrome commonly caused by epidural shots?

Is cauda equina syndrome commonly caused by epidural shots?

Very rarely: An epidural shot is a very safe and commonly used treatment for disc herniations and stenosis. A very rare complication from an epidural shot can be bleeding into the spinal canal. If this happens and the bleeding is significant it can cause cauda equina syndrome. This would need an emergency surgical procedure to remove the blood compressing the nerve roots. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Epidural (Definition)

The epidural space is an anatomical space just outside the fluid filled sac that contains the spinal cord and brain. Anesthesiologists and pain physicians are skilled at placing needles or catheters (tubes) into this space in the spinal canal to administer medications. These medicines can treat the pain of surgery or labor. These medicines can also be used to treat chronic ...Read more


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Is it true that cauda equina syndrome is caused by epiderual shots?

Is it true that cauda equina syndrome is caused by epiderual shots?

No, only after a: Really bad outcome from an epidural steroid injection. Epidural injections almost never cause damage to the spinal cord, but it is possible. And if the physician either punctures the end of the spinal cord (near the conus medullaris) or if way too much injectate is placed. Otherwise, specific cauda equine syndrome should not occur with an epidural shot. ...Read more

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Is cauda equina syndrome caused by epiderual?

Rarely: Cauda equina syndrome occurs with severe compression (pressure) on the nerves in the low back. People have trouble emptying the bladder, numbness in the private area; they may also have leg pain (usually both sides), numbness, tingling, weakness. For an epidural injection to do this, a large volume of liquid would have to be injected; if the nerve channel was already very narrow it could happen. ...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 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 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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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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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 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 you tell me the function of the cauda equina?

Can you tell me the function of the cauda equina?

It is a descriptive: Term used to label the nerves emerging from the end of the spinal cord which usually ends at the L1 level in most adults in a region termed the conus. Cauda equina or " horse's tail" is the appearance of these nerves as they dangle from the conus or end of the spinal cord as they transverse and exit through the lumbar and sacral spine regions. ...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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What are the different types of cauda equina syndrome in adults?

What are the different types of cauda equina syndrome in adults?

Cauda Equina: Cauda equina i.E "horses tail" is composed of nerves that sprout off of the spinal cord that ends in the lower thoracic upper lumbar area. In the lumbar spine typically there is only nerve roots. Therefore when there is severe squeezing of the cauda equina the patient will feel sensations of bowel and bladder incontinence, or "loss" of urinary control urgency or being unable to urinate. ...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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How to treat cauda equina syndrome naturally?

Cauda equina syndrom: Cauda equina syndrome is a very serious matter and needs to be treated most commonly by surgery - I am not aware of any naturopathic treatments that will correct this problem. ...Read more

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What is the name of surgery for cauda equina syndrome?

A laminectomy: This syndrome is due to compression of the nerve tissue that can be from several causes. Depending on the cause and location of the problem, the surgery will entail a decompression of the nreve tissue usually through a laminectomy but amcan be from an anterior or lateral approach or conbined and may or may not involve a fusion and instrumentation as well. ...Read more

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Can you tell me long-term effects of cauda equina syndrome?

If uncorrected: It can lead to paralysis due to either progression of cause of pressure or prolonged pressure on the nerves in that area. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is cauda equina syndrome and how will it affect me?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is cauda equina syndrome and how will it affect me?

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. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the injuries experienced at the conus medularis and cauda equina?

What is the difference between the injuries experienced at the conus medularis and cauda equina?

Cauda vs conus: The conus is still part of the spinal cord, and an injury here could cause weakness, numbness, or bowel/bladder/sexual problems. Upper motor neuron problems occur (brisk reflexes, etc). The cauda equina is the bundle of nerves that the spinal cord terminates as. Problems here could cause similar symptoms, but lower motor neuron findings on exam. ...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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Diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome. Underwent surgery for it, but still experience timglimg sensations.?

Speak with surgeon: Have you spoken to the surgeon? Often times surgeries for these sorts of things don't immediately resolve all symptoms. May take a few weeks to few months to see max. Relief. There still may be complaints that'll have to be dealt with but hopefully major pain and discomfort were improved. If that's happened then, to some extent we can say the procedure went well. Again, speak to the surgeon. ...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


Dr. Behnam Myers
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Cauda Equina Syndrome (Definition)

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) ...Read more