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What is the definition or description of: cauda equina syndrome?

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Nerve problm low bck

It refers to nerve malfunction of the nerves in the low back, below the tip of the spinal cord.
If acute, there is often numbness in the perineum (the private or sexual area), perhaps buttocks and legs too. There can be leg weakness and inability to empty the bladder. This is an emergency, usually a disk problem. Chronic compression of the nerves may be silent or cause leg pain, weakness, numbness.

In brief: Nerve problm low bck

It refers to nerve malfunction of the nerves in the low back, below the tip of the spinal cord.
If acute, there is often numbness in the perineum (the private or sexual area), perhaps buttocks and legs too. There can be leg weakness and inability to empty the bladder. This is an emergency, usually a disk problem. Chronic compression of the nerves may be silent or cause leg pain, weakness, numbness.
Dr. Michael Bolesta
Dr. Michael Bolesta
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