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How do you diagnose cauda equina syndrome?

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Your doctor will ask questions about your health, symptoms, and activity. They'll give you an exam to check your strength, reflexes, sensation, stability, alignment, and motion.

You may also need:

  • Blood tests
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of your spine
  • Myelogram (an X-ray of the spinal canal)
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan

From: Cauda Equina Syndrome Overview WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES)."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Cauda Equina Syndrome."

Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: "Compression of the Spinal Cord."

New York-Presbyterian Hospital: "Cauda Equina Syndrome."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 13, 2016

SOURCES:

American Association of Neurological Surgeons: "Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES)."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Cauda Equina Syndrome."

Merck Manuals Online Medical Library: "Compression of the Spinal Cord."

New York-Presbyterian Hospital: "Cauda Equina Syndrome."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on September 13, 2016

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