Cauda equina syndrome (CES) is a rare and severe type of spinal stenosis where all of the nerves in the lower back suddenly become severely compressed. This leads to a range of problems including numbness in the skin surround the anus, not being able to urinate or control your bladder (urinary incontinence), and a loss of bowel control (bowel incontinence).

It is important that this condition is identified and treated quickly by medical experts as delays in treatment can lead to a permanent loss of bowel and bladder control.

What causes cauda equina syndrome?

Cauda equina syndrome can be caused by:

  • a direct trauma or impact such as a fall or road traffic accident
  • disc herniation
  • trauma from catheters and high local anaesthetic concentrations around the cauda equina
  • spinal tumour
  • as a result of lumbar spinal stenosis, which occurs when the diameter of the spinal canal narrows. This could be the result of a degenerative process of the spine (such as osteoarthritis) or a development defect that is present at birth
  • medical negligence

Cauda equina syndrome compensation claims often arise because a delay in diagnosing it resulting in a permanent loss of bowel and bladder control. Most medical experts agree that those with cauda equina syndrome must receive surgery within 48 hours of diagnosis. Other medical negligence claims arise due to negligence in managing other health conditions such as a tumour or birth defect or the administration of anaesthetics.

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If you would like to discuss making a claim for compensation as a result of an accident or a delayed cauda equina syndrome diagnosis, misdiagnosis or a failure to provide the recommended standard of care please call our Personal Injury (PI) or Clinical and Medical Negligence lawyers on Freephone 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat, or complete the request a call back form and we will call you.

If the matter is particularly sensitive and immediate assistance is required then we can arrange for one of our lawyers to meet you at the hospital or at home.