In some cases, a doctor may mistake CES symptoms for other things. These include:
- A herniated or ruptured disc in the lumbar area
- Spinal infections or inflammatory spinal conditions (such as ankylosing spondylitis)
- Osteoarthritis (a form of spinal arthritis)
- Lumbar spinal stenosis
- Congenital spine disorders such as scoliosis
- Spinal tumours
- Traumatic injuries such as a car accident or heavy impact
Early intervention is crucial, which is why a misdiagnosis or failure to recognise CES can lead to worse outcomes for patients.
According to Claire Thornber, Founder of the Cauda Equina Champions Charity, time is of the essence. This is because when patients are sent home or diagnosis is missed, cauda equina syndrome “can occur at any time and sometimes just turning in bed, or a sneeze will be the catalyst that sets the 24-hour clock ticking.”
As specialists in cauda equina claims, we understand first hand how devasting cauda equina syndrome can be for people and their loved ones. We speak with people who have experienced poor or negligent diagnosis (and in some cases even misdiagnosis) as their cauda equina syndrome is missed by a GP or other medical professional.
If you think you may have a claim for clinical negligence related to CES, visit our cauda equina compensation claims page. Our team can guide you through the process and will work to ensure you receive the compensation and rehabilitation you deserve.