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What Difference Between Conus Medullaris And Cauda Equina
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
cauda vs conus: The conus is still part of the spinal cord, and an injury here could cause weakness, numbness, or bowel/bladder/sexual problems. Upper motor neuron problems occur (brisk reflexes, etc). The cauda equina is the bundle of nerves that the spinal cord terminates as. Problems here could cause similar symptoms, but lower motor neuron findings on exam. ...Read more
It is a descriptive: Term used to label the nerves emerging from the end of the spinal cord which usually ends at the L1 level in most adults in a region termed the conus. Cauda equina or " horse's tail" is the appearance of these nerves as they dangle from the conus or end of the spinal cord as they transverse and exit through the lumbar and sacral spine regions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Is it possible for cauda equina to present without extreme pain? Where would pain be? Is there a complete loss of bladder function?
Not likely: There is a difference between cauda equina syndrome and conus medullaris syndrome. I have not seen painless cauda equina. Every patient I have seen is in excruciating, going to die, kind of pain. On the contrary, conus medullaris syndrome is often completely missed after thoracolumbar injury. Numbness of the saddle area of the groin with bowel & bladder dysfunction are present with hyper-reflexia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a very good health food store with a knowledgeable owner. If she suggests a certain root or herb, can I use it safely for cauda equina syndrome?
Cauda equina is also known as Cauda Equina Syndrome. 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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