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Cauda Equina Syndrome (cont.)

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The lower spinal column. The cauda equina is the bundle of nerve roots below the conus medullaris.
The lower spinal column. The cauda equina is the bundle of nerve roots below the conus medullaris.
Cauda equina syndrome is a serious condition caused by compression of the nerves in the lower portion of the spinal canal. Note the tumor compressing the nerves in the image below.
Cauda equina syndrome is a serious condition caused by compression of the nerves in the lower portion of the spinal canal. Note the tumor compressing the nerves in the image below.
X-ray film showing spondylolisthesis (abnormal forward slip of one vertebral body on a neighboring vertebral body), which can lead to cauda equina syndrome.
X-ray film showing spondylolisthesis (abnormal forward slip of one vertebral body on a neighboring vertebral body), which can lead to cauda equina syndrome.

Medically reviewed by Joseph Carcione, DO; American board of Psychiatry and Neurology

REFERENCE:

"Clinical features and diagnosis of neoplastic epidural spinal cord compression, including cauda equina syndrome"
UpToDate.com


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/31/2015

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