Emergency medicine

Beware the cauda equina – not just another low back pain

Sascha Fulde, Gordian Fulde

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Abstract

Low back pain is a common presentation that is often managed conservatively. However, in this patient, severe worsening pain on a background of chronic back pain after injury is a neurosurgical emergency.

Article Extract

As a GP working in your own practice and the local hospital emergency department (ED), you care for many patients with low back pain. Since a close relative underwent spinal surgeries, you have maintained an interest in ‘back pain’ and feel comfortable assessing and managing patients with this complaint.

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