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Cauda Equina Claims: Failing to Carry Out Clinical Tests

Cauda Equina Claims: Failing to Carry Out Clinical Tests

Gaining a thorough picture of the signs and symptoms of a patient who may be developing cauda equina syndrome is key to determining the need for an emergency MRI scan. Where examination is inadequate, the relevant medical practitioner may be regarded as negligent.

Clinical assessment and the MRI scan

Accessing an emergency MRI scan can be crucial to the long-term outcome for a patient with cauda equina syndrome. A prompt scan which identifies compressed cauda equina nerves can lead to surgery and recovery of function. A delay in accessing an MRI scan can mean permanent lower body dysfunction.

The MRI scan is crucial but is only likely to be arranged if the clinical assessment identifies possible red flag symptoms.

Patients who attend their medical professional with lower back and leg pain do not necessarily have cauda equina syndrome and they do not necessarily go on to develop it. It is, in fact, a fairly rare condition. However, these are often the first symptoms and it is essential that patients are fully examined and tested for any additional symptoms which might justify a referral for an emergency MRI scan.

Testing for possible cauda equina syndrome

The loss of function of the cauda equina nerves impacts on the ability of the lower body to recognise sensation and initiate muscle movement. A number of tests can identify if the patient is starting to experience these neurological problems.

  • Are the leg symptoms in one leg or both?
  • Has the patient experienced any recent sexual problems or dysfunction?
  • Has the patient experienced any recent bowel or bladder problems?
  • Has the patient suffered any loss of anal tone?
  • Is the patient experiencing any loss of sensation in the saddle area?
  • What is the impact of a straight leg raise on the patient's pain levels?

Medical negligence

If a medical professional fails to carry out a thorough assessment of a patient with lower back and leg pain, they might be regarded as having provided substandard medical care to the patient.

If the patient suffers long-term debilitating problems as a result of the medical delays, it might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

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9Contact Glynns Solicitors if you or a loved one are struggling with cauda equina syndrome due to delays in medical care.

We have supported numerous clients in making highly-successful clams for cauda equina dysfunction and one of our team will be very happy to talk to you.

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