Cauda Equina

What is Cauda Equina syndrome?

This is a rare disorder affecting 6-10 people per million where the nerve roots in the lumbosacral spine become compressed (squashed). This bundle of nerve roots at the lower end of the spinal cord, resemble a horses tail, hence the name – cauda equina. The nerves communicate messages to the brain from your legs, feet and pelvic organs, including your bladder and bowel.

Symptoms of Cauda Equina

There is a risk of developing cauda equina if you have significant back pain or sciatica, numbness around the bottom area or back passage (anus) and a change in your bladder or bowel function.

Contact your doctor urgently, timely release of the nerve compression (within 48 hours), can prevent lasting nerve damage which could lead to incontinence or leg paralysis.

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