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Cauda Equina Compression Misdiagnosis Claim

Cauda Equina Compression Misdiagnosis Claim

Compression of the cauda equina nerves can be life-changing if it is not diagnosed promptly in its early stage.

Cauda equina compression

An accurate and timely diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome allows for the possibility of emergency surgery where necessary, which can prevent further deterioration.

Compression of the cauda equina nerves at the base of the spine can bring about either gradual or sudden loss of significant function in the lower body. This could include loss of control and sensation in the bladder and bowel as well as loss of mobility and sexual function. Without diagnosis and surgical treatment, this loss of function may become permanent.

Frequently, the degree of compression and the associated degree of dysfunction progresses over time, meaning that the earlier the condition is diagnosed, the better long-term outcome the patient is likely to experience. However, the window of opportunity for effective surgery can be short-lived and medical professionals need to be meticulous in their assessment of a patient to ensure that the opportunity for positive treatment is not missed.

MRI Scans and Diagnosis

The vital cauda equina nerves can become compressed for a variety of reasons including a tumour or infection of the spine, but is most commonly caused by a prolapsed disc pressing on the nerves. Whatever the cause, the presence of compression of the nerves needs to be confirmed before surgery can be undertaken. This requires an MRI scan of the lower back to assess the condition of the spine.

A misdiagnosis of the patientís symptoms may mean that an MRI scan is not undertaken, thereby removing the possibility of identifying the fundamental and devastating cause of the patientís condition. Even a delay in carrying out an MRI scan can mean the difference between a good outcome with recovery of function, and permanent loss of function. Timing is absolutely crucial in the diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome and a medical professional who fails to recognise and act on this fact may be regarded as having been negligent in their care of the patient.

Making a compensation claim

If you feel that your on-going cauda equina problems are due to a failure by medical practitioners to recognise and act on your early symptoms, contact Glynns Solicitors to discuss the suitability of making a claim for compensation.

We have supported numerous clients in making successful claims for delays in treating cauda equina syndrome and will be very happy to discuss your experience with you.

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