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Did You Report Red Flag Symptoms To A Doctor?

Did You Report Red Flag Symptoms To A Doctor?

Did you report the red flag symptoms of cauda equina syndrome to a doctor? If you did but no action was taken, there could be a case of medical negligence. Please get in touch with us to find out if you can make a claim for compensation.

What are the red flag symptoms of cauda equina syndrome?

The red flag symptoms of cauda equina syndrome are symptoms which strongly indicate cauda equina compression. They are called 'red flags' because they should act as a warning signal, alerting medical practitioners to the possibility of cauda equina syndrome.

The red flag symptoms of cauda equina syndrome are:

  • Pain in both legs
  • Numbness around the back passage, perineum and external genitalia
  • Urinary dysfunction, with poor flow, reduced sensation and retention of urine
  • Sexual dysfunction

These symptoms arise as a result of cauda equina compression. The cauda equina nerves are located at the base of the spine and can become compressed by factors such as a slipped disc or spinal abscess.

I told a doctor about my red flag symptoms

These symptoms are very distressing and will prompt most people to seek medical help either from a GP or from an Accident and Emergency department. However, there are times when a patient will report the red flag symptoms of cauda equina syndrome, but no further questions are asked, and no action is taken.

If you told a doctor about the red flag symptoms of cauda equina syndrome but nothing was done, you will have been the victim of substandard medical care. Medical practitioners should know that emergency investigations are needed if a patient presents with the red flag symptoms of cauda equina syndrome. This means an emergency MRI scan. If cauda equina compression is visible on the scan, emergency decompression surgery is needed.

Have delays affected your outcome?

If this action was not taken when you reported your red flag symptoms, the delay could have significantly affected your outcome. Immediate surgery is needed to prevent any further deterioration. If this is not carried out, the nerves will continue to suffer damage, causing further dysfunction.

After 48 hours the nerves will be so injured that this dysfunction will be permanent. This outcome could have been prevented, had action been taken when the red flag symptoms were initially reported.

Speak to a solicitor

If you believe there were delays in diagnosing and treating your cauda equina syndrome, even though you told doctors about your symptoms, you could be entitled to compensation. Please contact us to speak with a legal expert about a potential claim.

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