Cauda Equina - Causes

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What are the causes of cauda equina syndrome?

Cauda equina syndrome can be caused by any condition that results in direct irritation or pinching of the nerves at the end of the spinal cord. Causes of cauda equina syndrome include herniation of lumbar intervertebral discs, abnormal growths (tumor or cancer) adjacent to the lower spinal cord, localized infection near the spinal cord (epidural abscess, and localized bleeding (epidural hematoma) causing pressure on the spinal cord in the low back.

Localized lumbar tumors that can lead to cauda equine syndrome include ependymomas, metastatic cancer, and Paget's disease of bone. Localized infection near the spinal cord can be caused by staphylococcus bacteria, tuberculosis bacteria (Mycobacterium tuberculosis from Pott's disease), and others.

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Comment from: Ozarkmounts, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 12

My cauda equina happened 10 years ago also after spinal manipulation for sciatica. I still experience bowel, bladder, sexual, and numbness issues.

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Comment from: S, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

My cauda equina problems came due to colonic abscess, especially after surgery for same which leaked and caused more abscess in the same place. I have had excellent results through acupuncture and pelvic floor physical therapy. My surgeon was amazed at how much relief had been gained through these treatments. I have left the abscess and refused more surgery to this point. I do not want to risk more problems.

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