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Five Things to Know About Cauda Equina Syndrome

We are pleased to share with you a recent publication in Journal of Current Clinical Care. This publication is entitled "Five Things to Know About Cauda Equina Syndrome".

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Bednar DA. Five Things to Know About Cauda Equina Syndrome. Journal of Clinical Care. August 2017; 7(4)

Abstract

Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) is a rare progressive syndrome of pain and neurological deficits below the waist caused by massive central lumbar disc prolapse. The most common clinical presentation is highly variable with multifocal mixed polyradicular deficits. Loss of bladder and/or bowel control can be subtle and is frequently not the patient' chief complaint. These symptoms must be aggressively sought by the assessing physician. While delays of a few hours in the diagnosis and management may not be deleterious, definitive lumbar MRI imaging and (if positive) surgical care referral are emergent.


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