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  Cauda equina syndrome

Cauda equina syndrome

    Neurogenic claudication, resembling intermittent (arterial) claudication. Results from narrowing of the spinal canal (spinal stenosis).


Pain or fatigue in arms and legs due to poor supply of oxygen to the muscles.


Cauda equina
A bundle of spinal nerve roots that arise from the bottom end of the spinal cord. The cauda equina comprises the roots of all the spinal nerve roots below the level of the first lumbar (L1) vertebra, namely the sacral and coccygeal nerves. So named because it resembles the tail (Latin, cauda) of a horse (Latin, equus). See also Cauda equina syndrome.

Toward the feet (or, in embryology, toward the tail), as opposed to cranial. The spinal cord is caudad to the brain.

The anatomical term for towards the tail. i.e. the kidney is caudal to the shoulder. See Cranial/Superior/Inferior

Caudal anesthesia
Anesthesia produced by injection of a local anesthetic into the caudal canal, the sacral portion of the spinal canal. Caudal anesthesia is used to provide anesthesia and analgesia (pain relief) below the umbilicus. It may be the sole anesthetic or combined with general anesthesia. Also called caudal epidural anesthesia or a caudal block.

Caudate nucleus
In each hemisphere of the brain, the most medial of the four basal ganglia, partly responsible for body movement and coordination. So named because it looks anatomically tail-like.


Caplan's Syndrome
Massive nodulosis in the lungs in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis exposed to silica (e.g. in coal miners due to coal dust).

The thick membrane that joins bones making up a joint.

Inflammation on the capsule (see 'capsule' above).

Carpal tunnel
The space in the wrist where tendons and nerves to the hand are found.

Cauda equina syndrome

See 'Algodystrophy'.

Cervical spondylosis
Degenerative process in the spine in the neck. A combination of disc deterioration and osteoarthritis.

Charcot joint
Unusually destructive hypertrophic arthropathy resulting from impairment of sensory nerve supply. May occur in syphilis, syringomyelia and diabetes mellitus.

Orthopaedic surgeon who devised first replacement hip prosthesis.

Stiffness and thickening of the soft tissues of the hand, often with a 'waxy' appearance of the skin. May mimic scleroderma or other inflammatory arthritis. Occurs in long-standing insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.

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