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cauda equina syndrome


Definition: involvement, often asymmetric, of multiple roots making up the cauda equina (L2–S3 roots), manifested by pain, paresthesia, and weakness; often bladder and bowel sphincter function is unaffected because of sacral sparing (lack of compromise of the S2, S3, and S4 roots).

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