Time to implement a national referral pathway for suspected cauda equina syndrome: review and outcome of 250 referrals
British journal of neurosurgery | 3 Apr 2018
MM Hussain, AA Razak, SS Hassan, KA Choudhari and GM Spink
Cauda equina syndrome (CES) is a condition with significant implications and medico-legal profile. The literature still lacks large primary studies to provide strong evidence for a robust management pathway. Statements from Neurosurgical and Spinal societies support early diagnosis and imaging but this has not resulted in any noticeable shift in referral pattern. We strongly feel the need for a nationally agreed, evidence-based referral pathway in practice. We present our large series and in-depth analysis of the referral pathway to provide strong evidence for more robust referrals and management.
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