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What is the treatment for cauda equina syndrome?

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

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


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Can you explain cauda equina syndrome?

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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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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What to do if I'm suffering from cauda equina syndrome?

See your doctor.: If you truly have cauda equina syndrome, you may need surgery to prevent permanent damage to your nerves. In its simplest form, the surgery involves taking the pressure off of the nerves in your lower back. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cauda equina syndrome?

Lower back: 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. ...Read more

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I think I have cauda equina syndrome but I haven't been diagnosed. How woul di know?

Perhaps: You may experience neurogenic claudication, where, while walking one or both legs go numb or weak, typically without pain. Or you may experience problems starting a urinary stream, or perhaps you have low back pain with certain positions. If you have leg weakness, numbness, tingling, bladder or bowel problems, see your doctor and get diagnosed. ...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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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 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 cauda equina syndrome cause back pain?

Can cauda equina syndrome cause back pain?

Yes.: Cauda equina syndrome can cause severe back pain, bowel and bladder dysfunction, sciatica, weakness, and sexual dysfunction. Surgical decompression can provide definitive treatment. ...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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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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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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Do doctors see a lot of patients with cauda equina syndrome?

Thank god not?: Cauda equina syndrome (ces) is a serious neurologic condition in which there is acute loss of function of the lumbar plexus, neurologic elements (nerve roots) of the spinal canal below the termination (conus medullaris) of the spinal cord. ...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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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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Can you tell me about cauda equina syndrome?

Can you tell me about cauda equina syndrome?

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


Dr. Behnam Myers
138 Doctors shared insights

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