Cauda Equina Syndrome

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Cauda Equina Syndrome


- Low back pain that radiates into the legs. - Weakness and sensory loss of the lower extremities is usually asymmetric. - Urinary and bowel incontinence or retention. - Decreased deep tendon reflexes

Common Causes

The Story about ... Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda EquinaClincal Presentation

Distal to the conus is a collection of nerve roots, which innervates the lower extremities. This collection of nerves is called the cauda equina (CE). The conus medullaris is considered part of the spinal cord, whereas the CE is considered peripheral nerves.

Cauda Equina

- Permanent bowel and bladder incontinenceor retention- Lower extremity paralysis- Deep venous thrombosis- Pulmonary embolism- Impotence.

Cauda Equina Syndrome : Valerie's Story


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COMMON CAUSES...- Lumbar stenosis- Spinal trauma- Disc herniation- Severespondylolisthesis- Tumors- Spinal infection- Complications of epidural injections- Mass effect from a spinal hemorrhage- Tethered cord.

TREATMENTSurgicaltreatment is aimed at relieving the pressure on the neural structures bylaminectomy, discectomy, and/or spinal stabilization.


  • JohnDO 6 years ago

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    This is another good topic. If you understand the anatomy and physiology of the conus medullaris and cauda equina, you understand UMNL and LMNL completely. I like the idea of video on these.

    Good topic!