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Management of cauda equina syndrome during pregnancy and postpartum


Cauda equina syndrome (CES) is a rare condition that occurs from multiple nerve root compression. It is considered a surgical emergency because it can lead to permanent neurological damage. There is limited literature regarding management and prognosis of CES for pregnant patients, leaving providers with many questions when encountering patients with this condition. We describe the case of a patient who developed CES during pregnancy. She presented at 30 weeks gestation and successfully underwent surgical decompression in prone position. She later delivered via elective caesarean at term. This case highlights management considerations for pregnant patients with CES, including positioning during surgery and use of regional anaesthesia.

  • Neurological injury
  • Spinal cord
  • Pregnancy

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