Cauda equina syndrome secondary to lumbar disc herniation. Report of three cases

Danil Adam, Ioana Hornea
2013 Romanian Neurosurgery  
Cauda equina syndrome produced by the herniated lumbar intervertebral disc is a rare disorder that, if is undiagnosed and untreated in time, can have serious consequences for the patient and medicolegal implications for the surgeon. We report the clinical evolution of 3 patients with lumbar spinal stenosis who still present sphincterian and sexual dysfunctions many years after surgery, even if they were operated on immediately after admission. Reviewing the literature on this subject has
more » ... subject has allowed us to emphasize symptomes, pathophysiological mechanism and management regarding patients with lumbar spinal stenosis. The surgical decompression is indicated as soon as possible. The surgical decompression within 48 hours from onset allows maximum improvement of symptoms and absolves the surgeon of any medico-legal liability
doi:10.2478/romneu-2013-0009 fatcat:374qski6f5e6vlbsybiey556je