Our Service For You


Is Urinary Dysfunction a Medical Emergency?

Is Urinary Dysfunction a Medical Emergency?A patient who is aware that their experience of urinating is changing may indeed require emergency attention at hospital.

Urinary symptoms and cauda equina syndrome

Alteration of urinary experience can be a red flag symptom of cauda equina syndrome and, if associated with other symptoms, may mean that the patient requires an emergency MRI scan and, possibly, emergency surgery.

The urinary symptoms which should alert a patient or medical practitioner to this need are as follows:

If a patient is experiencing these symptoms alongside pain and tingling in one or both legs and possible tingling sensation in the saddle area or loss of sensation around the anus, the individual may be developing cauda equina syndrome. If this is the case, and an MRI scan could confirm that diagnosis, it may be that the patient is at the best moment for decompression surgery to take place. If the patient still retains some urinary sensation when they undergo surgery, it is thought that they are most likely to recover function.

Misdiagnosis of urinary symptoms

It is, of course, possible that the patient’s symptoms have a different cause. However, this situation is a medical emergency because, if the symptoms are caused by compression of the cauda equina nerves and are missed or misdiagnosed at this stage, the patient’s condition could deteriorate and their chance of a good recovery could be lost.

Timing is crucial in the treatment of cauda equina syndrome and a complete loss of urinary sensation and function prior to surgery may well leave the patient with the following life-long effects:

Medical negligence

Where a patient’s early symptoms of cauda equina syndrome are misdiagnosed by a medical professional and the patient subsequently develops complete cauda equina syndrome with the associated deterioration in outcome, the medical practitioner at fault may be considered to have provided a substandard level of care.

If you or a loved one are suffering the appalling long-term effects of cauda equina syndrome due to a delay in diagnosis, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

Contact us to discuss your experience with a medical negligence solicitor who specialises in cauda equina syndrome cases.

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