Our Service For You


Bowel Symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome

Bowel Symptoms of Cauda Equina SyndromeAlterations to bowel control can be a serious effect of cauda equina syndrome as well as an indicator that the patient may well be developing the condition.

Long-term effects of cauda equina syndrome

Someone unfortunate enough to suffer with permanent cauda equina syndrome may find that they are experiencing severe symptoms associated with their bowel function.

They may have lost the ability to prevent the passing of both wind and faeces, rendering them effectively incontinent.

Not only is this extremely distressing but it can affect the individual’s ability to work, travel and socialise.

Causes of bowel dysfunction

A person’s awareness of sensation around the anus and control of bowel movements is dependent on the healthy and effective functioning of the cauda equina nerves.

If those nerves, located at the base of the spine, become compressed, due perhaps to a herniated disc or inflammation of the spine, their ability to receive instructions and send messages between the brain and the bowel can become impaired.

Thus, the patient may lose control of that region and those functions.

Symptoms of cauda equina syndrome

Consequently, when a patient attends their GP or A&E practitioner complaining of loss of sensation around the anus, it should be recognised as a possible indicator of cauda equina syndrome.

If other symptoms are present – such as pain and tingling in one or both legs and possible urinary difficulties – the patient might be asked if they have sensation around the anus in order to gain additional evidence of possible cauda equina syndrome. The patient might undergo a pin prick test to check the level of sensation around the anus and perineum.

The medical professional may also carry out a test of the patient’s anal tone by inserting a finger into the patient’s anus. A reduction in anal tone may suggest a loss of control of bowel movements.

Diagnosing Cauda Equina Syndrome

Recognising cauda equina syndrome early gives the patient the best chance of a good long-term outcome as emergency surgery at the right moment can bring about a restoration of nerve function.

On the other hand, a failure to recognise key symptoms can lead to a lifetime of bowel, bladder and sexual dysfunction.

Medical Negligence

If your red flag symptoms of cauda equina syndrome were not recognised, leaving you with the long-term effects identified above, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Contact us to discuss your situation with an experienced medical negligence solicitor. We have supported numerous claims for cauda equina syndrome negligence and would be happy to advise you.

Please call us free on 0800 234 3300, from a mobile click to call 01275 334030 or complete our Free Online Enquiry for a no cost, no obligation opinion.

Share Article With:

Free Cauda Equina Enquiry

Call us free on
0800 234 3300

or enter your details below and we will be pleased to answer your questions and advise you of your options.

     

    All enquiries are completely free of charge and without obligation. We are here to help you, so if you have any questions please do get in touch with us.


    What Clients Say

    I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for taking on J’s case, for the comprehensive advice and also for keeping us regularly updated with regard to the progress. I would not hesitate to recommend you or the firm to anyone in the future.

    Mr B

    Julie and everyone at Glynns is amazing, they have been more like friends than solicitors and have helped me no end throughout my ordeal. I have had lots of medical advice from specialists which I am eternally grateful for which was all thanks to Glynns. I have to say I will actually miss my contact with Glynns when my case is over and would not hesitate to recommend them to other people who have been through a similar thing to me.

    Ms M

    Absolutely amazing, always available to talk, always kept informed every step of the way. Very supportive, efficient and knowledgeable. Thank you.

    Ms S

    Highly recommend Glynns Solicitors. Very sensitive on personal injuries. Explained everything.

    Ms B

    The service I have received from Chris has been absolutely outstanding. He has made a traumatic and painful situation more bearable through his constant support, advice and friendliness. Thank you

    Ms A

    Lucy, thank you so much for everything over the last five and a half years, I really appreciate everything you, John, Carolynne and Abdul have done to support me and make this as painless as possible and to help me secure a fair settlement.

    Mrs M

    A wonderful, helpful service. Great advice and lots of patience, I definitely made the right decision.

    Ms D

    I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for taking on J’s case, for the comprehensive advice and also for keeping us regularly updated with regard to the progress. I would not hesitate to recommend you or the firm to anyone in the future.

    Mr B

    Absolutely amazing, always available to talk, always kept informed every step of the way. Very supportive, efficient and knowledgeable. Thank you.

    Ms S

    Why Choose Us?

    Over 1,000 Cauda Equina Claim enquiries handled to date

    All initial enquiries are completely free of charge and without obligation

    Specialists in Cauda Equina Claims

    We have a range of funding options for you

    Part of Glynns Solicitors - specialist medical negligence claims solicitors serving England & Wales

    Our Expertise

    Law Society Accredited

    England & Wales

    We have specialist Cauda Equina Claim Solicitors ready and waiting to help you now, wherever you are located in England or Wales.

    Map of England and Wales