Practice Plus Group MSK and Diagnostics

Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES)

What is Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES)?

CES affects the area of the spinal cord which controls bladder, bowel and genital function. CES is a rare condition; however, should any of the following symptoms present then head to A+E as this is a medical emergency:

  • Loss of feeling/ pins and needles between your inner thighs or genitals.
  • Numbness in or around your back passage or buttocks.
  • Altered feeling when using toilet paper to wipe yourself.
  • Increased difficulty when you try to urinate.
  • Increased difficulty when you try to stop or control your flow of urine.
  • Loss of sensation when you pass urine.
  • Leaking of urine or recent need to use pads.
  • Not knowing when your bladder is either full or empty.
  • Inability to stop a bowel movement or leaking.
  • Loss of sensation when you pass a bowel motion.
  • Change in ability to achieve an erection or ejaculation.
How to get referred

How to get referred

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