What is cauda equina syndrome ?

Conclusion: The spinal cord ends around the L1/ L2 level.The existing nerve roots below this us the cauda equina, strictly speaking roots L3 down is cauda equina. If damage occures at this level or below,the existing roots may be injured.This is typically caused by herniated disc. Radicular pain is often very important and occurs early in the course. It may be worse at night or in the recumbent position.patellar and ankle reflexes may be absent.

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