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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. Krishna Kumar
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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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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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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

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Is it possible for the onset of your period to cause symptoms of cauda equina syndrome? I get these symptoms the day before and first day of my period

Is it possible for the onset of your period to cause symptoms of cauda equina syndrome? I get these symptoms the day before and first day of my period

Dysmenorrhea: Endometriosis its a condition that can give you pelvic or back pain, however if this is something new or a new symptoms that you did not have before, an ultrasound might reveal ab abnormal pathology. It all depends if this is a new symptoms or a chronic problem. ...Read more

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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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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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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

Dr. Behnam Myers
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Cauda Equina Syndrome (Definition)

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 ...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