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Symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda Equina Syndrome is a medical emergency, so it is essential medical practitioners make an early diagnosis. To do so, they must have a thorough understanding of the symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome.

Cauda equina syndrome symptoms

When the cauda equina nerves at the bottom of the spine are placed under pressure, the blood supply will be disrupted and the nerves will be starved of oxygen. This will soon damage the nerves, causing them to lose function. This is known as cauda equina syndrome, a rare condition that requires immediate medical attention.

Due to the urgency with which treatment must be provided, it is vital medical professionals are aware of the symptoms of cauda equina syndrome. This can be mistaken for other more minor conditions, so it is important the entire spectrum of symptoms are understood.

The main presenting symptoms are:-

These problems will also be accompanied by one of more of the following:-

As the compression continues, the nerves will become increasingly damaged until the cells die altogether. The condition has then reached the complete stage. This is characterised by the following symptoms:-

Diagnosing cauda equina syndrome

As long as medical professionals have a thorough knowledge of these symptoms, it should be possible to diagnose cauda equina syndrome in the early stages. The only reason a diagnosed might be delayed is if a patient does not seek medical attention in a timely fashion.

Generally speaking, however, a reasonably competent medical practitioner should be able to identify spinal nerve compression before the advanced (complete) stage. This will ensure that treatment is provided before the nerves cells die, preventing the onset of permanent complications.

If doctors fail to make a prompt diagnosis – despite the fact a patient is presenting the classic symptoms of cauda equina syndrome – there will be a substandard level of care. If a patient suffers avoidable injuries because of this poor medical care, he or she will be entitled to claim compensation for the pain and suffering that has been caused.

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