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Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda Equina Syndrome


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Cauda equina syndrome is a rare and serious condition where the sensory and motor nerves running through the muscles of the legs, buttocks, bladder, bowel and genitals become damaged at the base of the spinal column.

It can arise from compression through accidental injury, pressure from a prolapsed disc, or blood clot forming in the lumbar spine. Cauda equina syndrome can result in temporary or permanent symptoms depending on the degree of damage and whether or not the condition has developed.  Early detection of this condition is therefore crucial in minimising long term damage. The symptoms of Cauda equina syndrome are similar to that of many others and can therefore be easily misdiagnosed.

Cauda equina symptoms can include:

  • Acute lower back pain
  • Paralysis of or pain in one or both legs
  • Bowel disturbance
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Pain in the inside of your thighs
  • Rectum pain (in the bowel and anus)

Examples of errors in diagnosis and treatment of Cauda equina include:

  • Failure to diagnose
  • Delay in diagnosis
  • Failure/delay in treating
  • Misdiagnosis e.g. muscle strain
  • Inadequate physical examination
  • Inadequate taking of history
  • Errors regarding scans, MRIs
  • Surgical errors

“Swain & Co Solicitors are experienced in dealing with cases involving Cauda equina syndrome.”

 

Melanie Lidstone-Land | Head of Medical Negligence and Personal Injury

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