How are morbidity and mortality rates of cauda equina and conus medullaris syndromes determined?

Updated: Jun 14, 2018
  • Author: Segun Toyin Dawodu, JD, MD, MS, MBA, LLM, FAAPMR, FAANEM; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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Morbidity and especially mortality rates are determined by the underlying etiology. Multiple conditions can result in cauda equina or conus medullaris syndrome. The prognosis improves if a definitive cause is identified and appropriate treatment occurs early in the course. Surgical decompression may be performed emergently, or, in some patients, delayed, depending on the etiology. Residual weakness, incontinence, impotence, and/or sensory abnormalities are potential problems if therapy is delayed.


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