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How do physicians diagnose cauda equina syndrome?

How do physicians diagnose cauda equina syndrome?

Story, exam, tests: It is something that is uncovered by the person's story [inability to empty the bladder (and bowels), occasionally incontinence; usually numbness in the private area]. A rectal exam will provide some additional evidence. It is confirmed (if present) by imaging such as MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). It is considered urgent. If you have symptoms go to your doctor or emergency room/urgent care. ...Read more

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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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How do physicians treat cauda equina syndrome?

How do physicians treat cauda equina syndrome?

Spine surgery: A true cauda equina syndrome is rare. It is a surgical emergency, warranting emergent decompression of the nerve compression. ...Read more

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Not sure why this happened, but doctor says I have cauda equina syndrome. Am trying to figure out what it is before I tell my boss.?

Not sure why this happened, but doctor says I have cauda equina syndrome. Am trying to figure out what it is before I tell my boss.?

Painwhen you set: Injuring the coccyx can give rise to a condition called coccydynia.[12] [13] a number of tumors are known to involve the coccyx.; this could pain when set some when you walk also when defecate, or having constipation. ...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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Do doctors see a lot of patients with cauda equina syndrome?

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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I have sciatica symptoms doctor ignoring cause hypochondriasis not taking me serious. I will get paralysed from cauda equina syndrome right? Pls help!

I have sciatica symptoms doctor ignoring cause hypochondriasis not taking me serious. I will get paralysed from cauda equina syndrome right? Pls help!

Sciatica: Sciatica in 20 year olds is rarely due to a central cord lesion it is usually due to a disc pushing on the nerve root at the neural foramen. It is unlikely that sciatica will progress to cauda equina syndrome. If your symptoms are significant then see a back specialist, and they can examine you and determine an appropriate treatment plan. Most episodes of sciatica resolve on their own in a month. ...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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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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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?

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?

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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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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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?

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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What can I do at home to save money and treat cauda equina syndrome?

Non: This very serious problem should be address as soon as possible by specialist. Thank you. ...Read more

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My anus is tingling due to my bad lower back do I have cauda equina syndrome?

My anus is tingling due to my bad lower back do I have cauda equina syndrome?

Yes: yes, this can be a symptom of cauda equina syndrome, along with numbness and tingling down the back of legs, low back pain and incontinence of urine and/or bowels. Any of these symtpoms can happen. have you had an MRI of low bakc? If you have this, surgery is a must. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome. Underwent surgery, so its all good now.Just wanted to know if smoking can be a huge obstacle in my healing?

Diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome. Underwent surgery, so its all good now.Just wanted to know if smoking can be a huge obstacle in my healing?

Yes: You know that all doctors will tell you that smoking is bad , but on a serious note, most surgeons feel that smoking leads to poor bone healing. Quitting is not easy, but i'd ask your regular doctor if they can assist you with any smoking cessation program. ...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