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.

 

 

 

 

 

Cauda Equina Syndrome MRI
Cauda Equina Syndrome Red Flags
Red Flag Symptoms
 

Saddle Anesthesia

 

Urinary Disterbances

 

Bowel Disterbances

 

Sexual Dysfunction

 

Severe Back Pain

 

Unilateral or Bilateral Leg Pain (Sciatica)

 

Trouble walking

Abnormal Lower Extremity Nero-Exam

*Reflexes, Strength, Proprioception, Sensation

 

If you experience these symptoms seek emergency medical advice at the onset of symptoms. 

 

 

 

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