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How do you treat cauda equina syndrome?

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You need to relieve pressure on the nerves to prevent permanent damage. It's best if you have surgery within 48 hours of symptoms starting.

Depending on the cause of your CES, you may also need high doses of corticosteroids to reduce swelling, or antibiotics for an infection. If a tumor is responsible, you may have radiation or chemotherapy after surgery.

If surgery can't repair your CES, you'll need to learn ways to adapt to changes in how your body works. Depending on your limitations, you can get help from:

  • An occupational or physical therapist
  • A social worker
  • A continence advisor
  • A sex therapist

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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