Cauda equina syndrome—the questions
- 317 Downloads
Cauda equina syndrome is a devastating condition often following an innocent pathology in the form of a disc prolapse. The effect on sufferers, however, can be lifelong. It is necessary to make a diagnosis as expeditiously as possible via adequate history, clinical examination and appropriate imaging to offer treatment, in the form of decompressive surgery within 48 hours. It is extremely important to communicate adequately with the patient and their family recording all the relevant details including those of expected outcome. National guidelines are likely to be of value to clinicians and patients.
KeywordsCauda equina syndrome MRI scanning Disc prolapse Medico-legal Saddle anaesthesia Bladder function
Compliance with ethical standards
Conflict of interest
The author declares that he has no conflict of interest.
- 6.Podnar S (2010) Cauda equina lesions as a complication of spinal surgery. Eur Spine J:451–457Google Scholar
- 21.Holland N (2016) World radiography day: the role of MRI scans in the diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome. Penningtons Manches solicitors, Posted online: 08/11/2016Google Scholar
- 22.Crocker M, Fraser G, Wilson J, Chitnavis EP, Thomas NW (2008) The value of interhospital transfer and emergency MRI for suspected cauda Equina syndrome: a 2-year retrospective study. RCS Ann 90(6):513–516Google Scholar
- 27.Thakur JD, Storey C, Kalakoti P, Ahmed O, Dossani RH, Menger RP, Sharma K, Sun H, Nanda A (2017) Early intervention in cauda equina syndrome associated with better outcomes: a myth or reality? Insights from the Nationwide inpatient sample database (2005-2011). Spine J 17:1435–1448CrossRefGoogle Scholar