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Is there a cure for cauda equina syndrome?

Is there a cure 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 & location of the problem, the surgery is a decompression of the nerve tissue usually through a laminectomy but can be from an anterior or lateral approach or combined &may or may not involve a fusion & instrumentation as well. Surgery needs to be done emergently for chance of cure. ...Read more

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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


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Please let me know if there is any possible cure right now for cauda equina syndrome?

Please let me know if there is any possible cure right now for cauda equina syndrome?

Surgery or : Extremely constrictive, long term bracing in very specific circumstances are the only options. This deals with pressure on specific nerves as they start to divide after the base of the spinal cord and continued compression can lead to paralysis. Surgery is usually recommended. ...Read more

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What is cauda equina syndrome?

Nerve compression: A cauda equina syndrome involves the lumbar spine below the tip of the spinal cord, which usually ends at the l1-2 disc space. The syndrome involves compression of all of the nerves within the spinal canal and is an acute emergency. There are a variety of problems that can compromise the spinal canal such as massive disc ruptures, abcess, hematoma, and tumors. Bladder dysfunction is common. ...Read more

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What is cauda equina syndrome?

What is  cauda equina syndrome?

Pressure on nerves : This syndrome occurs due to pressure on the nerves in the lumbar spinal canal. After the spinal cord ends, the nerves going down to the legs and bladder form a collection of stringlike structures called the "horse tail" or cauda equina in latin. Severe pressure on this group of nerves can cause profound leg weakness, and loss of bladder/bowel control. This usually occurs due to large disc bulges. ...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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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 exactly is cauda equina syndrome?

What exactly is cauda equina syndrome?

Severe nerve pinch: There is a bundle of nerves in the lumbar spine that hang down from the spinal cord. This is the cauda equina or the horse's tail. The syndrome is caused by severe compression or injury of the entire bundle. It results in bilateral leg weakness, bowel and bladder incontinence. It's commonly caused by a large herniated disc, but also by tumor, trauma or hemorrhage. ...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

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