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What causes of cauda equina syndrome?

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CES happens more often in adults than in children. The most common cause is a severe ruptured disk in the lumbar area. Other causes include:

  • Narrowing of the spinal canal (stenosis)
  • Spinal lesion or malignant tumor
  • Spinal infection, inflammation, hemorrhage, or fracture
  • Complication from a severe lumbar spine injury such as a car crash, fall, gunshot, or stabbing
  • Birth defect such as an abnormal connection between blood vessels (arteriovenous malformation)

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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