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Cauda Equina Syndrome MRI Referrals

Cauda Equina Syndrome MRI ReferralsFor a patient developing cauda equina syndrome, an MRI scan at the right moment can make the difference between a good outcome with possible recovery, and a lifetime of multiple dysfunction and disability.

The role of the MRI scan

If a patient attends their GP or A&E with the possible symptoms of cauda equina syndrome, it is necessary to confirm that those symptoms do, in fact, have a neurological cause and that compressed cauda equina nerves are the culprit.

The decision as to when to operate in order to relieve the compression at the heart of cauda equina syndrome is key to the patient’s outcome. If decompression surgery is delayed and the patient’s symptoms deteriorate to the point where they have lost bladder control, they are less likely to make a good recovery.

It is, therefore, vital that a thorough investigation of symptoms and underlying causes is carried out as soon as symptoms of cauda equina syndrome appear.

Symptoms indicating an MRI scan

If a patient attends their GP or A&E unit with the following symptoms, it might be considered appropriate to refer them for further investigation:

A referral for an emergency MRI at this point could confirm a diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome and lead to emergency surgery as quickly as possible or within 24 – 48 hours at the most. This timing for surgery is widely regarded as the most likely to bring about recovery of function.

Failure to refer for MRI

A failure to recognise or act on the early symptoms of cauda equina syndrome often leads to claims for compensation for the subsequent pain and suffering experienced by the patient.
Where a medical professiona l fails to make a referral when the patient’s cauda equina syndrome is still in the early stages and the patient is consequently left with a significantly poorer outcome than necessary as a result, the relevant medical practitioner may be considered to have acted negligently.

Speak to a solicitor

If your life has been blighted by the appalling effects of permanent cauda equina syndrome because your early symptoms were not recognised, you may wish to consider making a claim for compensation.

Contact Glynns Solicitors, specialists in supporting cauda equina syndrome compensation claims, in order to discuss your experience with an experienced solicitor.

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