Nerve fibers below conus medullaris
Fibers end at L1–L2 interspace.
IV drug use
Low back pain
Sciatica/radicular pain (unilateral or bilateral)
Lower-extremity numbness or weakness
Difficulty ambulating owing to weakness or pain
Bladder or rectal dy...
Manage airway and traumatic injuries as indicated.
If evidence of trauma, patient should be transported with full spine immobilization.
All patients with acute cauda equina syndrome must be admitted to neurosurgical service.
Patients have good prognosis with rapid surgical decompression.
Back pain out of proportion
Fever and back pain
Back pain in high-risk groups; screen with ESR/C...
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344.6 Cauda equina syndrome
344.60 Cauda equina syndrome without mention of neurogenic bladder
344.61 Cauda equina syndrome with neurogenic bladder
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