Our Service For You


Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda equina syndrome was first described in 1934 by William Mixter and Joseph Barr. It was described in an English medical journal with the title ‘rupture of the intervertebral disc with the involvement of the spinal cord’.

Since then it has become a well-recognised neurological condition. Nevertheless, it remains a rare occurrence, with most GPs only seeing one case during the course of their professional career.

Causes of cauda equina syndrome

Cauda equina syndrome is when the cauda equina nerve roots, located below the conus medullaris at the end of the spinal cord, are compressed. Compression results in nerve damage and dysfunction.

The most common cause of compression is a herniated lumbar disc (also called a prolapsed disc or slipped disc). Around 3% of all herniated lumbar discs will lead to cauda equina syndrome.

There are different levels in the spine and a disc can herniate at any point. The majority of cauda equina syndrome cases occur due to a herniated disc at the L4-L5 level and the L5-S1 level.

Other causes of cauda equina syndrome include: spinal stenosis, spinal tumours, haematomas, infections, fractures and inflammation.

Symptoms of cauda equina syndrome

The symptoms of cauda equina are: low back pain, saddle numbness, sciatica, muscle weakness in the legs/feet, bladder dysfunction and bowel dysfunction.

These symptoms can appear very suddenly, as with acute cauda equina syndrome. Or these symptoms can appear very gradually, as with chronic cauda equina syndrome.

Diagnosing cauda equina syndrome

Not all patients will have every single symptom. The most important indicators of cauda equina syndrome are numbness around the genitals, perineum and buttocks, as well as urinary disturbance.

A patient with the symptoms of cauda equina syndrome should undergo a neurological assessment. This will verify if the clinical signs of cauda equina syndrome are present, including: loss of perineal sensation, lax anal tone, and motor weakness in the lower limbs.

A patient should also undergo an MRI scan. This will reveal whether the nerves are being compressed. It should also confirm what exactly is causing the compression.

Treating cauda equina syndrome

Cauda equina syndrome can only be treated with surgical decompression.

Much has been made of the timing of surgery. Indeed, cauda equina syndrome is a medical emergency. Like cancer, the prognosis for cauda equina syndrome is much improved the earlier surgery is performed.

However, there are just hours to treat the condition or a patient will be left with permanent dysfunction. One study states that patients are five times more likely to achieve normal bladder function if operated on within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms, as opposed to after 48 hours.

Cauda equina syndrome medical compensation claims

When medical practitioners fail to diagnose and treat cauda equina syndrome in time, it can lead to a compensation claim. Contact us for more information.

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