Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cauda Equina Syndrome Evaluation

The evaluation of cauda equina syndrome begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Physical findings in someone with cauda equina syndrome may include:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Diminished or absent deep tendon reflexes in the lower extremities
  • Sensory abnormalities in the perineum and lower extremities
  • Decreased anal sphincter tone

Testing is necessary to confirm the diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome.

Tests that may be used to evaluate cauda equina syndrome include:

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Last Updated: Dec 7, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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