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Delays in Diagnosing Cauda Equina Syndrome

  • Published: Friday August 23, 2019
  • Category: NHS
  • Tags: bbc, cauda-equina-syndrome, diagnosing,

The BBC reported this week that due to resource shortages and a lack of awareness amongst medical staff, there are delays in diagnosing cauda equina syndrome.

 Cauda equina syndrome is a rare but very serious neurological condition which affects the bundle of nerve roots at the lower end of the spinal cord.

 Often the condition starts with nerve pain or a pins and needles sensation in the legs or bottom and whilst the condition is rare, if medical staff do not recognise the onset of the condition and act quickly to arrange urgent scans and surgery, there can be there are radical long-term consequences such as permanent paralysis and incontinence. Patients can also be left requiring future treatment and rehabilitation.

 NHS Resolution, who act on behalf of Hospitals in clinical negligence claims, advised this week that they were “working closely with Trusts and the wider NHS system to reduce avoidable harm to patients” and that they were sharing information between their Hospitals to highlight the warning signs related to cauda equina syndrome.

 If you have concerns about your diagnosis and management of Cauda Equina Syndrome, you may be eligible for compensation. One of our specialist clinical negligence lawyers would be happy to speak with you and advise you on your options, including a formal complaint and a legal claim, as well has how to fund a case and the possibility of a no win no fee arrangement (conditional fee agreement or CFA).