Cauda equina syndrome
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cauda equina (the bundle of nerves that spread out from the bottom of the spinal cord) become compressed and/or damaged. Signs and symptoms of this condition include pain, numbness, or tingling in the lower back and/or legs; "foot drop"; problems with bowel and/or bladder control; and sexual dysfunction. Cauda equina syndrome may be caused by a herniated disk, tumor, infection, fracture, or spinal stenosis. Treatment usually targets the underlying cause of the condition and often includes surgery to remove the material that is pressing on the nerves. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and/or other services may be required if symptoms persist following surgery.Cauda equina syndrome refers to a group of symptoms that occur when some of the nerves in the
Last updated: 5/17/2015
- Segun T Dawodu, MD, JD, MBA, LLM, FAAPMR, FAANEM. Cauda Equina and Conus Medullaris Syndromes. Medscape Reference. December 2014; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1148690-overview.
- Cauda Equina Syndrome. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. March 2014; http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00362.
- Cauda equina syndrome. UpToDate. May 2015; Accessed 5/18/2015.
- The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons has information on Cauda equina syndrome. Click on the link above to view this information page.
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- The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Cauda equina syndrome. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.