Cauda Equina Syndrome is a rare disorder where the nerves at the very bottom of the spinal cord are compressed.
Cauda Equina Syndrome may cause lower back pain and problems with the bowel and bladder function (for example not being able to pass urine), numbness in the groin and weakness in one or both legs.
Cauda Equina Syndrome always needs to be treated as a medical emergency as it requires urgent treatment. Doctors need to be able to recognise the signs associated with Cauda Equina Syndrome which include:
- Problems with the bowel (for example constipation)
- Problems with bladder function (being unable to pass urine)
- Sexual problems (for example impotence in men)
- Numbness around the back passage
- Weakness in one or both legs
Anyone with Cauda Equina Syndrome needs to be seen urgently in hospital and examined by a doctor. Investigations may include an MRI or CT scan, or tests for bladder control. Urgent surgery is often required to relieve the compression and prevent permanent nerve damage.
If symptoms are ignored or the diagnosis is delayed the damage caused can be devastating.
Our specialist Clinical Negligence solicitors have many years’ experience in bringing Cauda Equina claims and can help you by providing expert advice and support.
If you would like further advice or information please contact one of our specialist solicitors now.