Case Review: Cauda Equina Syndrome


A 33-year-old male truck driver walked into Fast Track complaining of severe low back pain after "driving a truck with no shocks over really rough roads" for many hours. He was first evaluated by a physician assistant, who became concerned about possible cauda equina syndrome, when the patient described some saddle-area anesthesia. He notified the ED physician on duty, who agreed, though he was a bit skeptical as the patient was still walking but said, "You do read about this, so I’ll see him in the main ED."


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Patrick Kelly"Since becoming insured with EPIC in 2008 our group has benefited from a partnership that provides us with much more than malpractice insurance. As emergency physicians with a primary focus on patient safety our group appreciates the value of EPIC's risk management program on a daily basis." Read More

Patrick Kelly, MD, FACEP
Roper Emergency Physicians
Charleston, SC