The cauda equina is a structure within the lower end of the spinal column, that consists of nerve roots and rootlets from above. The vertebral column seen from the side The vertebral column (backbone or spine) is a column of vertebrae situated in the dorsal aspect of the abdomen. ...
Because the spinal cord stops growing before the bones of the spine, the spinal cord, in adults, ends at about the level of the vertebra L1. To get through the intervertebral foramen at the correct segment, the roots must travel down the length of the spine. Jump to: navigation, search The spinal cord is a part of the vertebrate nervous system that is enclosed in and protected by the vertebral column (it passes through the spinal canal). ... A diagram of a thoracic vertebra. ... A diagram of a thoracic vertebra. ...
All these roots and rootlets down the vertebral column give the appearance of a horse's tail, which is the meaning of the Latin name cauda equina. Jump to: navigation, search Binomial name Equus caballus Linnaeus, 1758 The Horse (Equus caballus) is a sizeable ungulate mammal, one of the seven modern species of the genus Equus. ... Jump to: navigation, search Latin is an Indo-European language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ...
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Caudaequina syndrome is defined as the compression of the nerve roots distal to L1 secondary to acute disc herniation, bony fragments, tumor, infection, or postsurgical intervention.
The incidence of caudaequina syndrome secondary to lumbar disc prolapse is reported in the literature to be between 2--6% .
The literature has shown that recovery after acute caudaequina syndrome cannot be clearly correlated to the rapidity of onset of the symptoms, the amount of protruded disc material, or to the severity of neurologic findings at presentation.
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