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Cauda Equina Syndrome Risk Factors

Cauda equina syndrome can be a life-changing condition producing shocking symptoms of incontinence and paralysis. Are there risk factors associated with this condition?

Cauda equina syndrome

Cauda Equina Syndrome Risk Factors In The NHS
Cauda equina syndrome is a condition which is caused by a pre-existing health problem in the lumbar region of the spine, leading to the cauda equina nerves being squashed or compressed thereby reducing their function.
This can produce a wide range of symptoms in the pelvic region and legs related to a loss of sensation and inability to control motor function. Examples of this might be loss of sexual function and weakness in the legs.

Risk factors

Risk factors for the syndrome, therefore, largely relate to the conditions which might lead to compression of the cauda equina nerves and consequently cauda equina syndrome.

A wide range of pre-existing conditions may lead to the development of cauda equina syndrome including the following:

General Risk Factors

General health or life risk factors which might make someone susceptible to the development of cauda equina syndrome are unclear but being older than 30, being overweight or undertaking regular work that might put considerable strain on the back may contribute.

Treatment Risk Factors

Once someone has started to develop cauda equina syndrome, possibly the greatest risk is a delay in treatment.

It is widely accepted that, if someone is experiencing incomplete cauda equina syndrome, they require emergency surgical decompression of their cauda equina nerves in order to halt the deterioration of the nerves and to try to recover lost function.

Emergency surgery in these circumstances means that the patient is operated on within hours rather than days.

If the patient is not diagnosed promptly and referred for an MRI, it is possible that their neurological function could deteriorate before they reach surgery and their long-term outcome is likely to be worse.

Medical Negligence

If an MRI scan for cauda equina syndrome is delayed due to medical mismanagement leading to a poor long-term outcome, the victim may be able to make a claim for compensation for their pain and suffering.

Contact Glynns Solicitors, a medical negligence legal practice, specialising in cauda equina syndrome compensation claims.

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