What information about cauda equina and conus medullaris syndromes should patients receive?

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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Patient education needs will vary with the type and severity of persistent deficits, and may include the following:

  • Training in self-catheterization and finger fecal disimpaction, if required

  • Use of measures to prevent pressure ulcers, such as skin inspection/care, positioning, turning and transferring tactics, use of skin protectors, or pressure-reducing support surfaces

  • Maintenance of endurance and strength-training exercises

  • Regular follow-up by the consulting teams who treated the patient in the hospital

  • Instructions on how and when medications should be taken and when follow-up laboratory tests should be performed

For patient education information, see the Erectile Dysfunction Center and Brain and Nervous System Center, as well as Impotence/Erectile Dysfunction, Erectile Dysfunction FAQs, and Cauda Equina Syndrome.


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