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Causes of Cauda Equina Syndrome

cauda-equinaWhat causes cauda equina syndrome? Compression of the cauda equina nerves causes cauda equina syndrome. There are different ways in which compression can happen. For example, a slipped disc in the lower spine can push upon then nerves, which in turn causes cauda equina syndrome.

What causes cauda equina syndrome?

The cauda equina nerves are located at the base of the spine. They are very delicate and will become damaged, should anything press upon them.

When compression damages the nerves, they will start to lose function and the individual will develop symptoms of a neurological nature. This includes numbness in the perineum and urinary disturbance. When nerve compression leads to neurological dysfunction, it is defined as cauda equina syndrome.

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There are different ways in which the nerves can become compressed. The causes of cauda equina syndrome include the following:

All of these things can press upon the cauda equina nerves, and are all therefore causes of cauda equina syndrome.

Causes cauda equina syndrome – have I got it?

Whatever is compressing the nerves, the effect will be the same: the nerves will become injured and function will be reduced. The nerves will continue to deteriorate until function is lost altogether.

The cauda equina nerves allow movement and sensation in the lower limbs, the saddle area (the collective term for the buttocks, perineum and genitals), and the pelvic organs (including the bladder, bowel and rectum).

When the nerves are harmed, function will be reduced in these areas of the body. Patients can present in different ways, but generally speaking there will be a degree of:

Treating causes of cauda equina syndrome

When treating cauda equina syndrome, it is important that medical practitioners discover the underlying cause of nerve compression. Only by treating the cause of cauda equina syndrome can the condition be successfully cured.

If clinicians fail to diagnose and treat cauda equina syndrome to a reasonable standard, there may be a case of medical negligence. For more information, please get in touch with us today.

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