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Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda Equina is a rare condition that occurs when the nerve roots at the end of the spinal column are compressed or paralyzed, resulting in a loss of sensation or movement in the lower body, including bladder and bowel functions.Cauda Equina Syndrome


Children born with abnormalities that cause Cauda Equina
Narrowing of the spinal canal
Ruptured disc
Trauma (car accident, gunshot, fall, etc.)


Bladder/Bowel dysfunction - unable to hold it, or retaining waste
Loss of sensation in lower body
Pain, numbness, or weakness spreading to one or both legs that may cause you difficulty in getting up from a chair or causes you to stumble.


In order to make a diagnosis, the physician may:
Look at your medical history
Perform a physical examination
To test: stability, sensation, strength, reflexes, motion.
Order diagnostic imaging
CT scans
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans


In order to relieve the pressure or pinching of nerves, the substance that is causing it needs to be removed through surgery. It is really important that a patient with Cauda Equina Syndrome seeks medical attention immediately because surgery may prevent further damage to nerves that is irreversible and cannot be repaired.
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