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Common Causes Of Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda Equina Syndrome is a serious condition that can occur in a number of different ways. In this article we take a closer look at what Cauda Equina Syndrome is, how it might be caused, and what you should do if you are suffering from the condition.

What is Cauda Equina Syndrome?

The spinal cord extends from the brain, all the way through the vertebral column, ending at the bottom of the spine in the lower back. It is here that a bundle of nerves, called the ‘cauda equina’, is located. These nerves branch off from the spinal cord, sending signals to the muscles and organs in the body. Should these nerves become compressed in any way, then someone is said to be suffering from Cauda Equina Syndrome. Although this condition is rare, it is very serious, as the nerves will quickly become damaged – sometimes this damage can be permanent.

How is Cauda Equina Syndrome Caused?

Compression of the cauda equina may arise for a variety of reasons, some of the most common of which include:-

Cauda Equina and Medical Treatment

If you are suffering from Cauda Equina Syndrome, it is vital you are given treatment as soon as possible. However, medical professionals must first identify the underlying cause, as this will determine the course of treatment to be given. For example, if you have an inflammatory condition, then antibiotics will be administered. If you have a crushing injury then decompression surgery will need to be carried out. Or if you have a tumour, a cancer treatment plan must be devised.

Therefore only by diagnosing the underlying cause will treatment be effective. If medical professionals fail to do this in a prompt fashion (ie. because the necessary tests were not carried out) then permanent injury may occur. This could in turn amount to medical negligence, as a delay in diagnosis and treatment may represent a substandard level of care.

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