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Catheter After Cauda Equina Syndrome

Catheter After Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda equina syndrome can lead to bladder dysfunction, meaning the patient will need to drain their bladder using a catheter.

Bladder dysfunction from cauda equina syndrome

Cauda equina syndrome must be treated quickly, or the nerves in the lower back will be irreparably damaged. If this does happen, it will result in a number of permanent symptoms, one of which is bladder dysfunction.

When someone has bladder dysfunction from cauda equina syndrome, it means that they cannot feel their bladder. There is no sensation, and so they cannot tell when the bladder is full. Consequently it can overflow with urine and the individual will be incontinent i.e. will wet themselves.

Sometimes the patient will be able to cope with this problem by urinating by the clock. This means they go to the toilet at regular intervals, even if they do not feel the desire to urinate.

However, cauda equina syndrome can also cause bladder weakness, in that the bladder does not contract properly. This can make it difficult to void urine, and it may come out very slowly or the bladder may not empty properly. This can result in repeat urinary tract infections.

Catheter after cauda equina syndrome

Due to these bladder problems, the patient may be taught intermittent self-catheterisation (ISC). This involves inserting a catheter into the bladder, and removing it once the bladder is empty. Often an intermittent catheter is preferred to an in-dwelling catheter because they have a lower risk of infection.

Performing intermittent self-catheterisation can be difficult, especially if you are at work or in a setting other than your own home. The cost of the catheters can also add up, as it is likely that ISC will be needed for the rest of the patient's life.

I have to catheterise after cauda equina syndrome

If you have to catheterise because of cauda equina syndrome, you will understandably be upset about it. You may also be struggling with other forms of dysfunction, such as bowel dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, and leg weakness.

If your current condition has been caused by a delay in cauda equina surgery, you might want to consider speaking to a solicitor. Cauda equina syndrome is supposed to be diagnosed and treated within 24 hours of the patient seeking medical help. If treatment is delayed because of medical mistakes, there could be a case of medical negligence.

For more information on cauda equina claims, please get in touch with us at Glynns Solicitors.

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