Cauda Equina Syndrome
Cauda Equina Syndrome is a relatively little known but serious condition that may occur as a result of a spinal cord injury. It is a condition that requires immediate medical treatment upon onset.
What Causes Cauda Equina Syndrome?
Beneath the lumbar section of the spinal cord there is a bundle of nerve roots known as the “cauda equina.” This region controls bowel, bladder and sexual functions. If these nerves become compressed or paralyzed, sensation and movement of the lower body may become seriously compromised. The nerve roots that control bladder and bowel functions may also become disrupted.
Injury to this nerve system is considered a surgical emergency, and if it is not treated promptly it can lead to paralysis of the lower body, and potentially permanent loss of bladder and bowel control. This condition is referred to as “Cauda Equina Syndrome.”
Although auto and motorcycle accidents, or any other situation that causes compression of the spinal cord in the cauda equina region can cause Cauda Equina Syndrome, there are a variety of other causes commonly known to result in Cauda Equina Syndrome. Surgical errors, anesthesia errors, hospital infections, herniated intervertebral discs, misdiagnosed spinal tumors, inflammatory conditions and degenerative diseases are some of the other potential causes of Cauda Equina Syndrome.
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Common Causes of Cauda Equina Syndrome
Some of the most common causes of injury to the spinal cord in the cauda equina region include:
- Surgical errors
- Direct trauma from lumbar puncture
- Spinal anesthesia errors
- Trauma from catheters
- High local anesthetic concentrations around the cauda equina
- Spinal Stenosis
- Herniated lumbar intervertebral discs
- Misdiagnosed lumbar tumor
- Undiagnosed Ependymomas
- Misdiagnosed mestatic cancer
- Inflammatory conditions
- Misdiagnosis of Paget’s Disease of the bone
- Surgical exposure to staphylococcus or tuberculosis bacteria
- Epidural abscess (localized infection)
- Epidural hematoma (localized bleeding) that causes pressure on the cauda equina region in the lower back
What to Do if You Suspect a Spinal Cord Injury has Occurred
Cauda Equina injuries require immediate medical treatment. If a spinal cord injury is suspected, call 911 immediately or take the person to an emergency room.
If you believe the injury may have been caused by negligence or medical malpractice, you should discuss your case with an experienced spinal cord injury attorney right away to protect your rights. Fill out the form on this page or call us toll free at (866) 527-4278 to discuss your situation, free of charge and obligation.