Conus Medullaris Syndrome Overview
What is conus medullaris syndrome?
A person with conus medullaris syndrome has symptoms that occur when the nerves in the conus medullaris malfunction. The malfunction is caused by a structure (e.g. hematoma, tumor, etc.) that places pressure on the conus medullaris. The conus medullaris is the end of the spinal cord, which is located in the lower back. Nerves that pass through the conus medullaris control the bladder, bowel, genitals and the legs.
What are the symptoms of conus medullaris syndrome?
Symptoms of conus medullaris syndrome include low back pain, numbness in the groin or inner thighs, leg numbness, and foot numbness. Other symptoms include leg weakness, loss of bladder control, difficulty walking, and impotence.
How does the doctor treat conus medullaris syndrome?
The treatment of conus medullaris syndrome depends on the underlying cause: Treatment for conus medullaris syndrome may include intravenous corticosteroids, radiation therapy, and surgery.
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