Understanding Cauda Equina Syndrome in Ireland A medical emergency
Medical Negligence

Understanding cauda equina syndrome in Ireland: A medical emergency

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What is Cauda Equina Syndrome?

Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) is a serious medical condition where the nerve roots in the lumbar spine become compressed. This rare, but critical, condition can lead to severe consequences, including paralysis and incontinence if not promptly treated. Immediate medical intervention is often necessary to prevent permanent damage.

What are the symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome?

Spinal Injuries Ireland outlines several symptoms indicative of Cauda Equina Syndrome in the acronym, SPINE.

S – Saddle Anaesthesia

Weakness, tingling or numbness in your ‘saddle region’ or the parts of your body that would touch the saddle if you were sitting on a horse – the upper inner thighs, groin, buttocks and genitals.

P – Pain

Pain, weakness, tingling or numbness in your lower back, backs of thighs, lower legs and feet.

I – Incontinence

Loss of control, urgency or finding it hard to urinate or defecate.

N – Numbness

Numbness in your lower back, backs of thighs, lower legs and feet.

E – Emergency

Any of these can be a warning sign of Cauda Equina Syndrome. If you start to experience any of these symptoms, seek urgent medical attention.

What can cause Cauda Equina Syndrome?

CES can result from a variety of factors, including:

  • Herniated discs.
  • Spinal tumors.
  • Infections.
  • Inflammation.
  • Spinal fractures.
  • Impact injuries.
  • Spinal canal narrowing.

This list is not exhaustive, and any concerns should be immediately addressed by a healthcare professional.

The consequences of misdiagnosis or delayed treatment

Misdiagnosis or delayed treatment of CES can result in severe, lifelong consequences for the patient. In such cases, the individual may be entitled to compensation, especially if the medical professionals failed to recognise the symptoms of this serious condition.

Our role as Medical Negligence Solicitors in Ireland

At Augustus Cullen Law, our team of expert solicitors specialises in medical negligence claims, particularly in cases like Cauda Equina Syndrome where misdiagnosis or delayed treatment can have life-altering effects.

We offer guidance and support through the complex legal process, aiming to secure the compensation and support necessary for a comfortable life post-diagnosis.

If you would like to know more about this service for yourself or a loved one, visit Cauda Equina Claims or Contact Us to speak with an expert.

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