Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda equina syndrome (CES) is a serious neurological condition where the nerves at the very bottom of the spinal cord become compressed. This can be because of a slipped disc in the spine.

Cauda equina syndrome requires prompt treatment to prevent permanent damage to the nerves, bladder and bowel.

Symptoms include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Numbness in your groin/rectal region
  • Bowel disturbance
  • Paralysis of one or both legs
  • Inability to pass urine or incontinence
  • Sexual dysfunction

If you develop these symptoms you should seek medical assistance immediately. Your GP or the Accident and Emergency department will refer you to confirm diagnosis by MRI scan. If the scan shows that the cause of the pressure is reversible, then it is most likely that you will be advised to proceed with a surgical decompression.

Was there a hospital delay in doing spinal surgery?


Cauda Equina Syndrome Case Study

Clip from BBC News

“Moosa – Duke Solicitors have this week secured compensation for a client in a claim for medical negligence against a hospital in Leicestershire which caused Cauda Equina Syndrome” – Read the full case study here.


Have you or somebody you know suffered from Cauda Equina Syndrome because healthcare professionals e.g. paramedics/ambulance staff, GP, A&E doctor:

  • Failed to take a full history
  • Failed to take/refer you to hospital
  • Failed to carry out an adequate examination
  • Failed to recognise the change in symptoms
  • Failed to recognise the ‘red flag’ symptoms?
  • And more….these are just examples

We are Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) Specialists and have a lot of experience in cases where negligence has taken place.

If you feel that you, or somebody you know, has a cauda equina claim and you would to discuss this with our experienced team, please call us on 0800 952 0010 or 0116 254 7456 or email: You can also enquire online by clicking here.

There is an excellent support network provided by Cauda Equina UK which can be accessed at