Is cauda equina syndrome life threatening?

Is cauda equina syndrome life threatening?

No, cauda equina syndrome is not a life-threatening condition. However, if diagnosis and treatment are delayed, its long-term effects can be devastating and certainly life-changing.

What are the first signs of cauda equina?

Early symptoms of cauda equina syndrome can include:

  • Lower limb weakness and intermittent changes in sensation, such as numbness.
  • “Saddle anesthesia” – loss or diminished sensation in areas where a person would sit on a saddle.
  • Urinary and/or bowel problems, such as retention or incontinence.

What are the signs and symptoms of cauda equina syndrome?


  • Lost the ability to control his or her bladder or bowels.
  • Less or changed sensation between the legs or over the buttocks, the inner thighs, the back of the legs, the feet or the heels.
  • Pain, numbness or weakness in one or both legs. This may cause stumbling or trouble getting up from a chair.

What is the best treatment for cauda equina syndrome?

Cauda equina syndrome is best treated with decompression by a lumbar laminectomy, but a lumbar microdiscectomy may be used given a patient’s unique situation. The patient will likely be kept in the hospital for a few days following the surgery to monitor recovery of motor and sensory function.

Can you walk with cauda equina?

Cauda equina syndrome is a medical emergency that calls for urgent surgical intervention. If patients with cauda equina syndrome do not receive treatment quickly, adverse results can include paralysis, impaired bladder, and/or bowel control, difficulty walking, and/or other neurological and physical problems.

Will cauda equina go away?

Cauda equina compression Either way, the cauda equina nerves are being compressed and injured. If the compression continues for too long, the nerves will sustain significant damage and will be permanently harmed meaning that sadly in this situation the cauda equina syndrome does not go away.

Is cauda equina syndrome an emergency?

Cauda equina syndrome is a rare disorder that usually is a surgical emergency. In patients with cauda equina syndrome, something compresses on the spinal nerve roots. You may need fast treatment to prevent lasting damage leading to incontinence and possibly permanent paralysis of the legs.

Can you live with cauda equina?

Many, including celebrities like Duncan James, have experienced cauda equina syndrome and there are people out there who can support you to live your life as you want following your injury. It may be a challenge, but the people I have met along the way – through CESA and elsewhere – have been a real source of support.

Can cauda equina go away on its own?

And as the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke says, most low back pain is acute and usually resolves itself within a few days. By two weeks (or so) later, you’re good as new. Cauda equina syndrome is an emergency; learn to recognize the signs.

What is an infection of the bowel called?

An infection of the bowel is sometimes called a gastrointestinal infection, or gastroenteritis. People commonly get infected by: eating or drinking contaminated water or food (often called food poisoning) coming into contact with infected people, or contaminated objects such as cutlery, taps, toys or nappies

Are bowel infections common in Australia?

Bowel infections are common in Australia, but people also frequently get infected when travelling overseas. Infections of the bowel can affect anyone at any time. They can cause a lot of discomfort and inconvenience and can sometimes lead to more serious problems.

What are the symptoms of bowel infections outside the digestive tract?

Some symptoms of bowel infections are also observed outside the digestive tract, they are: 1 Arthritis 2 Skin disorders 3 Eye inflammation

When should I be worried about a bowel infection?

Bowel infections can be caused by viruses (such as the rotavirus), bacteria (e.g. salmonella) and parasites (e.g. Giardia). You should see your doctor if symptoms are severe, you have a fever, there’s blood or mucus in the stool, you have signs of dehydration or if diarrhoea has lasted more than 2 or 3 days. What is a bowel infection?