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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 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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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

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