Cauda Equina Syndrome is a neurological disorder that stems from an injury to the bundle of nerve roots that exit the spinal cord. Cauda equina frequently leads to medical malpractice lawsuits.
The treatment for Cauda Equina Syndrome is generally immediate surgical decompression. The sooner this can be achieved the better. You usually have a 48-hour window of opportunity with which you can reverse the symptoms. The malpractice lawsuits in these cases occur when the symptoms were there to be seen during that window but were missed, usually in the ER or by a primary care doctor or by the surgical staff after spinal surgery.
Doctors frequently miss the clear symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome which include:
- Low back pain
- Sciatica (particularly at L5/S1)
- Loss of sensation in the butt or genital sensory disturbance
- Bowel, bladder or sexual dysfunction (bladder complications are a particular hallmark of cauda equina).