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Cauda Equina Syndrome – The Forgotten Spinal Cord Injury
Cauda equina syndrome (‘CES’) is a rare condition and is estimated to affect between one to three people in every 100,000 of the population in the UK. CES is caused by compression of the nerves at the very base of the spinal cord. These nerves are known as the cauda equina or “horse’s tail” and are most commonly damaged by disc prolapses or bony changes in the spine.
What is Cauda Equina Syndrome?
Cauda equina syndrome (CES) is a condition that occurs when the nerves at the base of the spinal cord are compressed. It can come on suddenly, and usually requires emergency surgery. Early diagnosis and treatment are vital for the best chance of recovery as, if left untreated, CES can result in permanent paralysis as well as incontinence.