Cauda Equina Syndrome (cont.)

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Can cauda equina syndrome be prevented?

Cauda equina syndrome occurs as a result of conditions which are not predictable and is therefore not a preventable syndrome. However, cauda equina syndrome caused by infections initiated by IV drug abuse can be prevented by not using illegal IV drugs.

What is the outlook (prognosis) for cauda equina syndrome?

Ultimately, the outlook for patients affected by cauda equina syndrome is determined by the extent of damage to involved nerve tissue. In general, the longer the duration of the compression of the spinal cord, the longer the recovery period and less likely complete recovery can occur.

Medically reviewed by Gregory Arnold, MD; Board Certified Anesthesiology with subspecialty in Pain Medicine

REFERENCES:

eMedicne.com; "Cauda Equina Syndrome."
<http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/791613-overview.>

John H. Klippel, et. al., Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases, 13th Edition, 2008.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/9/2014

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