When there is substantial damage or compression of the nerves in the lower end of the spinal cord, and then a syndrome known as Cauda Equina Syndrome or CES occurs. Compression of the nerves can cause disability or impairment functionality in various parts of the lower body, and the result would be paralysis. Proper diagnosis and the immediate help from a doctor would be instrumental in curing that person and prevent him or her from any serious consequences of CES. When the correct diagnosis of Cauda Equina Syndrome is done, then it can be treated. Misdiagnosis of CES is a serious condition, and the resultant would be considered medical malpractice and/or negligence. When family members are affected with CES, it would be a lot of hassle, as they require a lot of care throughout their life. A patient that is present with neurological symptoms that consist of spinal cord problems and compression of nerves should be considered as a possible diagnosis of CES. Patients that are suffering from CES may display the following symptoms:
• Disability and loss of sensation in terms of bowel and bladder function.
• Numbness or weakness that is located near the pelvic area, or the legs and feet.
• Pain in the lower back region. If an MRI scan is performed, and it reveals spinal cord compression, then an urgent surgery must be performed to limit the amount of damage. If there is a misdiagnosis of CES, which is missed by the emergency room staff, the surgery for that condition would be delayed, and paralysis would happen from waist down. If a near and dear one has been complaining about the above symptoms, then immediately take him or her to the emergency room, and if possible, ensure that our diagnosis for CES is done. If the doctor does not perform the diagnosis for CES, then you may have a valid medical malpractice claim in your hands. CES is caused by the shrinking of the spinal canal, which occurs due to:
• Spinal Stenosis
• Herniation of the disc
• Gunshot wound
• Fracture of the lower back
• Infection conditions
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