Cauda Equina Syndrome
Acute Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) is a medical emergency resulting from compression or injury to the cauda equina, located in the lumbar spine below the conus medullaris.
When indicated, surgical intervention is recommended to be completed within the first 48 hours of ONSET of symptoms. This improves the rate of positive prognosis.
*MRI is the gold standard for diagnosis.
*Not all causes of CES are treatable with surgical intervention.
Red Flag Symptoms
Severe Back Pain
Unilateral or Bilateral Leg Pain (Sciatica)
Abnormal Lower Extremity Nero-Exam
*Reflexes, Strength, Proprioception, Sensation
If you experience these symptoms seek emergency medical advice at the onset of symptoms.