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Is cauda equina syndrome commonly caused by epidural shots?

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Dr. Greg Khounganian
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Orrin Ailloni-Charas
Anesthesiology

In brief: No

It is an extremely unusual complication.

In brief: No

It is an extremely unusual complication.
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