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What are the different types of cauda equina syndrome in adults?

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Dr. Alexandre De Moura
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
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In brief: Cauda Equina

E "horses tail" is composed of nerves that sprout off of the spinal cord that ends in the lower thoracic upper lumbar area. In the lumbar spine typically there is only nerve roots. Therefore when there is severe squeezing of the cauda equina the patient will feel sensations of bowel and bladder incontinence, or "loss" of urinary control urgency or being unable to urinate.

In brief: Cauda Equina

E "horses tail" is composed of nerves that sprout off of the spinal cord that ends in the lower thoracic upper lumbar area. In the lumbar spine typically there is only nerve roots. Therefore when there is severe squeezing of the cauda equina the patient will feel sensations of bowel and bladder incontinence, or "loss" of urinary control urgency or being unable to urinate.
Dr. Alexandre De Moura
Dr. Alexandre De Moura
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Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: There is only one

Cauda equina syndrome is a specific problem but there are multiple potential causes for this.
This can be from a disc herniation , from a tumor, from a fracture, from an infection, even from severe spinal stenosis or a combination of any of the above. It is a true surgical emergency as the best chance for recovery is a rapid decompression of the nerve sac.

In brief: There is only one

Cauda equina syndrome is a specific problem but there are multiple potential causes for this.
This can be from a disc herniation , from a tumor, from a fracture, from an infection, even from severe spinal stenosis or a combination of any of the above. It is a true surgical emergency as the best chance for recovery is a rapid decompression of the nerve sac.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Dr. Thomas Dowling
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