Caude Equina Syndrome is a medical condition that is typically caused by injury or surgery. The condition occurs when the nerves at the base of the spinal cord become compressed, leading to long-term damage that can result in issues with the lower extremities and the organs of the pelvic region.
All medical professionals should be well-trained to evaluate patients for Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES). When checking for Cauda Equina Syndrome, a doctor should assess strength, reflexes, sensation, alignment, and motion. Tone and numbness of anal muscles will also be examined and a blood sample will be taken. When diagnosed, Cauda Equina Syndrome treatment includes preventing permanent damage to the lower extremities and loss of function of bladder and sexual organs.
Surgery should occur within 48 hours of the first onset of symptoms. Life-altering delays can occur when MRI scans are misinterpreted, referrals for urgent MRI scans or surgery are not sent or surgery is performed poorly.
A failure to diagnose this condition in a timely manner can cause serious, long-term effects for the patient and may be grounds for a medical malpractice claim.
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Cauda Equina Syndrome Treatment
Cauda Equina Syndrome treatment varies depending on the medical condition, delay or failure to diagnose. High doses of corticosteroids may be prescribed to reduce swelling. If there is no inflammatory component, physical therapy may be used to counteract weakness in the lower extremities.
If the condition is caused by an infection, it should be treated with antibiotics. If a tumor is responsible, radiation or chemotherapy may be needed after surgery. Other causes of this condition include surgical errors, spinal bleeding, spinal stenosis, herniated disks, meningioma, and neoplasms. Full recovery cannot be guaranteed. If the surgery is successful, bowel movement and bladder may regain their function after a few years.
Awareness in the medical community and in the general public is important in order to prompt instant treatment and prevent permanent damage and suffering. Symptoms of this condition vary in intensity and may evolve over a longer period of time and are, therefore, hard to recognize at times.
Some of these symptoms involve very personal bodily functions, which may be hard for patients to talk about their ailments. Those include, but are not limited to, weakness in legs, loss of sensation, severe pain in radicular patterns, loss of knee and ankle reflexes, numbness, bladder, bowel, and sexual dysfunction, as well as neurogenic pain. The latter may only be treatable with strong painkillers that could cause high risks for the overall medical condition of the patient.
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In some cases, a person suffering from Cauda Equina Syndrome may be unable to work because of severe pain, loss of muscle power, or continence issues. In addition to pain management, an occupational therapist, social worker, continence advisor, or sex therapist should be consulted. These costly medical expenses can quickly take a heavy toll on the patient’s financial situation.
If you’ve been affected by Cauda Equina Syndrome as the result of negligence or a failure to timely diagnose the condition, you may be entitled to compensation through a medical negligence lawsuit. Lisa S. Levine is a specialized Cauda Equina attorney based in Florida who is ready to help you fight for your right to compensation. Contact her today for a free consultation.