What does the lack of structural pathology indicate in cauda equina syndrome (CES)?

Updated: Jun 14, 2018
  • Author: Segun Toyin Dawodu, JD, MD, MS, MBA, LLM, FAAPMR, FAANEM; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, CPE, MHCM, FAAPL  more...
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A retrospective study of 66 consecutive cases of patients admitted to a neurosurgical unit with suspected cauda equina syndrome found that almost half had no evidence of structural pathology on MRI. [24] These researchers suggested that the symptoms have a functional origin in such cases.

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