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Emerg Med J. 2007 Jan;24(1):33-4.

Delays in the treatment of cauda equina syndrome due to its variable clinical features in patients presenting to the emergency department.

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St Mary's Hospital, London, UK. ibjalloh@gmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To identify reasons for delay in management of patients with cauda equina syndrome (CES) and to determine commonly presented features of CES.

METHODS:

Retrospectively, the presenting features and management of patients treated for CES over a 4-year period were reviewed.

RESULTS:

Reasons for delay in treatment were identified in over half of the patients.

DISCUSSION:

Most patients do not present with all the characteristic features of CES. Sacral sensory loss is a sensitive and relatively specific sign for diagnosing CES.

PMID:
17183040
PMCID:
PMC2658150
DOI:
10.1136/emj.2006.038182
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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