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Definition of Cauda equina syndrome

Cauda equina syndrome: Impairment of the nerves in the cauda equina, characterized by dull pain in the lower back and upper buttocks and lack of feeling (analgesia) in the buttocks, genitalia, and thigh, together with disturbances of bowel and bladder function.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/19/2012

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