Overview

Cauda Equina Syndrome is a serious spine condition caused by the compression of a collection of nerve roots in the lower portion of the spinal canal. In this condition, the nerve roots that control the function and movement of the bladder and bowel are at high risk. It’s a surgical emergency and must be treated within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms if developed suddenly. If patients with severe Cauda Equina Syndrome do not seek immediate treatment, it may lead to loss of movement, permanent paralysis, loss of sexual sensation, impaired bladder or bowel control, etc.

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    Symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome

    There are various symptoms of Cauda Equina that may vary in their intensity. The severity of symptoms depends on the degree of compression and the nerves that are being compressed.

    • Urinary retention
    • Numbness, burning, or prickling, in legs
    • Sexual dysfunction
    • Losing bladder control
    • Saddle anesthesia
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    Diagnosis of Cauda Equina Syndrome

    CES is difficult to diagnose as it is rare and early symptoms might be similar to the other conditions. However, at Southern California Brain & Spine Surgery Center, our specialists go over patients’ medical histories and conduct a series of tests to diagnose Cauda Equina Syndrome. We use the following tests to assess CES:

    • X-ray Scans
    • Computed tomography (CT scans)
    • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
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    Treatment for Cauda Equina Syndrome

    Cauda Equina Syndrome is a surgical emergency to relieve pressure on the compressed nerves. If you’re experiencing any symptoms of cauda equina, you must seek treatment within 8 hours of the onset of symptoms. A doctor may also recommend other complementary treatments including:

    • Laminectomy
    • Spinal Fusion
    • Discectomy

    Why Choose Southern California

    Once we have identified the diseases, our team of certified and trained spine specialists performs minimally invasive surgery as well as complex procedures, depending upon the patient’s condition. Dr. Moksha Ranasinghe is a specialist in Cauda Equina Syndrome treatment as well as other spinal conditions such as lower back pain, neck pain, degenerative disc disease, and spinal tumors.

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    Advanced diagnostic methods

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    State-of-the-art technology

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    Minimal Invasive Surgery

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    Patient-centered approach

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    Recovery with less downtime

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    Outstanding patient care

    For more information call us at (213) 369-4583 or visit our office in Los Angeles today!

    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What are the two types of Cauda Equina?
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    There are two types of cauda equina: Acute Cauda Equina (It occurs suddenly and requires immediate treatment and Chronic Cauda Equina (When you have symptoms of this condition for a long period.

    Is Cauda Equina Syndrome life-threatening?
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    No. Cauda Equina is not life-threatening, however, it may cause permanent disability, affecting a person’s overall health and overall quality of life.

    Can a patient with Cauda Equina Walk?
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    A patient with mild symptoms of cauda equina can walk. However, if the symptoms are severe and the patient does not receive treatment quickly, it may result in impaired bladder and paralysis — causing difficulty walking.

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