How does the timing of surgical intervention for cauda equina and conus medullaris syndrome affect functional outcome?

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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Many clinical and experimental reports have presented data on the functional outcome based on the timing of surgical decompression. [4] Several investigators have reported no significant differences in the degree of functional recovery as a function of the timing of surgical decompression. [96, 97, 99] Even with these findings, however, most investigators recommend surgical decompression as soon as possible after the onset of symptoms to offer the greatest chance of complete neurologic recovery.

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