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My father was diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome. What does this mean?

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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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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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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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

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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

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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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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 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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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

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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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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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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?

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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Can you tell me how could i treat cauda equina syndrome naturally?

Can you tell me how could i treat cauda equina syndrome naturally?

Not an option: If you have a true cauda equina syndrome, it is a surgically emergency as progression or prolonged compression of the nerves can lead to permanent paralysis. There is no natural treatment. Some people confuse spinal canal stenosis, which can respond to pt as a non-surgical treatment, but true cauda equina syndrome needs neurosurgical assessment. ...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