Which factors are prognostic indicators 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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Investigators have attempted to identify specific criteria that can aid in predicting the prognosis of patients with cauda equina syndrome. Patients with bilateral sciatica have been reported to have a less favorable prognosis than patients with unilateral pain. Patients with complete perineal anesthesia are more likely to have permanent paralysis of the bladder. [39]

The extent of perineal or saddle sensory deficit has been reported to be the most important predictor of recovery. [74] Patients with unilateral deficits have a better prognosis than patients with bilateral deficits. Females and patients with bowel dysfunction have been reported to have worse outcomes postoperatively. [75]

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