What are the most common symptoms of cauda equina syndrome (CES)?

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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Answer

Symptoms of cauda equina syndrome include the following:

  • Low back pain

  • Unilateral or bilateral sciatica

  • Saddle and perineal hypoesthesia or anesthesia

  • Bowel and bladder disturbances

  • Lower extremity motor weakness and sensory deficits

  • Reduced or absent lower extremity reflexes


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