Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Cauda Equina Syndrome Outlook

What to expect with cauda equina syndrome:

  • The outcome depends on the severity of the disease and the cause.
  • Those who have cauda equina syndrome due to cancer usually maintain their ability to walk with treatment.
  • Of those who are unable to walk at the time of surgery, only about 1 out of 10 will regain their ability to walk.

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Last Updated: Mar 6, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Cauda Equina Syndrome References
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