Best Case Ever 11: Cauda Equina Syndrome

As a bonus to Episode 26 on Low Back Pain Emergencies with Dr. Brian Steinhart & Dr. Walter Himmel, we have Dr. Walter Himmel’s own personal incredible case of Cauda Equina Syndrome.

In the related Episode we will cover the most serious spinal and vascular causes that present with low back pain including Cauda Equina Syndrome, Spinal Epidural Abscess, Spinal Epidural Hematoma, Metastases to the spine, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and Retroperitoneal Hematoma.

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About the Author:

Dr. Anton Helman is an Emergency Physician at North York General in Toronto. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Division of Emergency Medicine and the Education Innovation Lead at the Schwartz-Reisman Emergency Medicine Instititute. He is the founder, editor-in-chief and host of Emergency Medicine Cases.


  1. louise hulme January 2, 2016 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Ive had Cauda equina syndrome twice in my life… i know that lots of people are worse off than me… ive been left with the cronic cauda equina pain and i cant walk properly… my bladder and bowels do play up a lot but im lucky in that sence…. please make people be aware of the RED flags with lower back pain and could it could save them a life time of medication and chronic pain… not to metion loss of bowel and bladder function and legs not working properly so u end up in wheel chair for rest of your life.. im lucky as its only my left leg xxx

    • Anton Helman January 2, 2016 at 11:07 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

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