Cauda Equina Syndrome
Pronounced: COW-da Ee-KWI-nahEn Español (Spanish Version)
Cauda equina syndrome (CES) occurs when the nerve roots at the base of the spinal cord are compressed. Known as the cauda equina ("horse's tail" in Latin), this bundle of nerves governs the sensation and function of the bladder, bowel, sexual organs, and legs. CES is a medical emergency. If treatment is not initiated to relieve pressure on the nerves, function below the waist may be lost.
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Last reviewedNovember 2012by Rimas Lukas, MD
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