The cauda equina (Latin for “horse’s tail”) consists of the nerve roots that originate from the lower end of the spinal cord within the lower part spinal canal. These nerve roots emerge from the spinal column.
The cauda equina may be compressed by a central prolapsed disc – it may occur where there is already a history of degenerative back disease and prolapsed disc. Typical features include back pain, bladder and bowel disturbance, numbness over the bottom, back of thighs and between the legs (“saddle anaesthesia”), numbness in the ano-genital area, and leg weakness.
Recognising the condition in good time is crucial so that emergency decompression surgery can be performed. Surgery may result in complete or partial recovery where there are persisting problems of leg weakness, incontinence, sexual dysfunction, saddle and perineal anaesthesia.
Claims in respect of cauda equina syndrome may concern allegations of delayed or missed diagnosis resulting in delayed surgical decompression leading to irreversible nervous injury.
If a Hospital or GP missed the symptoms of your cauda equina syndrome you should contact MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE TEAM on 0800 246 11 22 or complete the form below and we will call you back.