What is Cauda Equina Syndrome?

Brain and Spine Specialists define Cauda equina syndrome as an emergency situation in which severe compression damages the nerve root of the lower spine, cutting off sensation and movement. 

Patients with cauda equina syndrome will require immediate attention from a Brain and Spine Specialist to relieve pressure on the nerves before permanent damage can set in. Unattended cauda equina syndrom can result in permanent loss of lower body movement, loss of bladder and bowel control, loss of sexual sensation, and other issues. 

What Causes Cauda Equina Syndrome?

Cauda Equina Syndrome can occur due to many conditions, including:

  • Herniated discs 
  • Tumors 
  • Infection 
  • Severe Fractures  
  • Spinal Stenosis (Narrowing of the spinal canal)