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Cauda Equina Syndrome Overview

What is cauda equina syndrome?
A person with cauda equina syndrome has symptoms that are caused by pressure on the lower portion of the spinal cord. The cauda equina is a bundle of nerves at the bottom of the spinal cord. Pressure on this bundle of nerves can be caused by a herniated disk, bleeding, or a tumor.

What are the symptoms of cauda equina syndrome?
Symptoms of cauda equina syndrome include low back pain, numbness, weakness, and difficulty with urination.

How does the doctor treat cauda equina syndrome?
Treatment for cauda equina syndrome includes corticosteroids and surgery.

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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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