When is hospitalization indicated for the treatment of cauda equina or conus medullaris?

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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Admit patients to the appropriate service (usually neurology, neurosurgery, or orthopedic surgery) with frequent neurologic checks. Ideally, the admitting physician or service should examine the patient at the time of admission. Patients in whom acute cauda equina syndrome is being considered should not be treated or investigated on an outpatient basis without evaluation by a consultant and/or appropriate imaging.


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