UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


Cauda Equina Syndrome

Medline NLM definition for Cauda Equina (anatomy): the collection of spinal roots that descend from the lower part of the spinal cord and occupy the vertebral canal below the cord; their appearance resembles the tail of a horse. (Dorland, 27th ed)

PubMed search on Cauda Equina Syndrome

See also our continence page

Support Groups

Cauda Equina
The aim of this UK charity is to bring Cauda Equina Syndrome to the forefront of peoples minds, to aid prompt diagnosis and help people adapt their lives to achieve happy and fulfilling futures and to ensure that every single case of CES is accurately recorded.

Bladder and Bowel Community
Aims to be the number one place for support, whilst also raising much-needed awareness, not just about the medical issues associated with bladder and bowel conditions, but how it impacts lives. They also aim to educate the wider community so these conditions can be better understood.

Brain and Spine Foundation
Information on living with a neurological condition and on diagnosis. There are publications and resources. The useful glossary of neurological conditions (under 'Information and support') includes links to some other organisations as well as to Brain and Spine Foundation information.

Healthtalk: nerves and brain
Personal experiences of people living with various neurological conditions.

Neurological Alliance
Collective voice for 80 organisations, including stroke and brain injury. Organisations are listed at https://www.neural.org.uk/our-members/, a good place to start if looking for information on those conditions. Site also includes information about living with a neurological condition, a glossary, and information about onset and diagnosis as well as a small set of real life stories.

NHS Inform: brain, nerves and spinal cord 
NHS inform is Scotland's national health information service, with the aim of providing the people in Scotland with accurate and relevant information to help them make informed decisions about their own health and the health of the people they care for.