Cauda equina syndrome: a serious trap for the urological surgeon

Clin Risk 2008;14:147-149
doi:10.1258/cr.2008.080028
© 2008 Royal Society of Medicine Press

 

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Richard G Notley

Cauda equina syndrome, that is the symptoms and signs of caudaequina compression, does not often present to the urologicalsurgeon. However, when it does it may pose a major problem indiagnosis and management, simply because the average urologicalsurgeon may never have seen the condition before. Thereforethe likelihood of correct diagnosis may be low and the litigationrisk correspondingly high. This paper outlines the anatomy,the disparate presenting symptoms and the necessity for urgentmanagement of this rare problem, which may produce such devastatingdisabilities.

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