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Sensory Losses due to Cauda Equina Syndrome Negligence

Sensory Losses due to Cauda Equina Syndrome Negligence

Our ability to sense the need to defecate and urinate, as well as our sexual sensation, is dependent on our cauda equina nerves at the base of the spine. If these nerves become squashed or compressed due, say, to a herniated disc (the most common cause), our degree of sensation can reduce or be lost altogether.

Developing cauda equina syndrome

An individual whose cauda equina nerves are becoming compressed is likely to start exhibiting symptoms and it essential that medical professionals recognise and act on those symptoms before function is irretrievably lost.

The earliest symptoms of cauda equina syndrome are likely to be lower back and leg pain. These symptoms do not mean that the patient is definitely developing this appalling condition but it is necessary that medical professionals assess for further symptoms and warn the patient of what symptoms should prompt them to attend Accident and Emergency immediately.

A failure to warn a patient with lower back pain of the red flag symptoms of cauda equina syndrome, such as altered urinary experience and altered sensation in the saddle area, may justify a claim for compensation if the patient subsequently suffers from this terrible syndrome.

If the patient is, in fact, starting to exhibit those symptoms, it is vital that they are identified by the medical practitioner and the appropriate referral made. It is likely that the patient will need an emergency MRI scan and, if a diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome is made, emergency decompression surgery. This will give the patient the best chance of recovering function which has been lost.

The impact of cauda equina syndrome

If a diagnosis is delayed due to the failings of medical practitioners and the patient suffers a lifetime of sensory loss as a result, it might be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

The sensory losses associated with cauda equina syndrome and the accompanying function losses can leave the patient with permanent double incontinence and sexual dysfunction.

Personal relationships can suffer, confidence can be destroyed and the ability to work and function independently can be lost.

Medical negligence

If you or a loved one are suffering from the shocking impact of cauda equina syndrome due to a failure to recognise the significance of your symptoms, contact Glynns Solicitors to talk to a specialist in medical negligence compensation claims.

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