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Is Loss of Bladder Control a Sign of Cauda Equina Syndrome?

Is Loss of Bladder Control a Sign of Cauda Equina Syndrome?Cauda equina syndrome can cause a wide range of disabling lower body symptoms but bladder difficulties are possibly the most significant.

The loss of sensation in and control of the bladder is key not only as an indication that the patient may be developing cauda equina syndrome but also as a warning that surgery may be necessary as a matter of emergency.

Cauda equina syndrome symptoms

Someone developing cauda equina syndrome, may be experiencing a range of symptoms such as the following:

The symptoms of the condition usually start with lower back and leg pain and it is not until the saddle area begins to be affected that the possibility of cauda equina syndrome becomes more likely.

Bladder symptoms

The functioning of the bladder is a key indicator at this point of the nature of the problem and what needs to be done.

Bladder symptoms of cauda equina syndrome may present in a number of ways:

Symptoms such as these, in combination with leg pain and numbness, may well suggest that the patient is developing cauda equina syndrome.

Bladder symptoms and surgery

The nature of the patient’s bladder symptoms are also considered significant in determining the urgency with which surgery needs to be undertaken.

Ideally, a patient who is developing cauda equina syndrome requires decompression surgery before they lose control of their bladder.

Therefore, awareness of bladder symptoms and their significance is vital. A GP or A&E practitioner faced with a patient who may be developing cauda equina syndrome should enquire as to their bladder symptoms.

If the patient still retains some bladder sensation and control but is aware that their function is deteriorating, surgery may be considered to be an emergency – within hours.

Medical Negligence

If a patient’s bladder symptoms are not recognised as requiring an emergency response, allowing the patient to deteriorate before surgery is carried out, the medical practitioners may be considered to have acted negligently.

If you are suffering with the appalling effects of cauda equina syndrome due to a failure to diagnose promptly, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

Contact us to discuss your experience with a specialist medical negligence solicitor.

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