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Cauda Equina Syndrome Versus Saddle Embolism

By A Shaw, H Anwar, J Targett and K Lafferty


We discuss a case of saddle embolism with a clinical presentation similar to cauda equina syndrome in a 79-year-old woman with a history of ischaemic heart disease. Saddle embolus is very rare but one of an array of visceral causes for back and leg pain. This case highlights diagnostic difficulties, particularly in patients with multiple disorders. A high index of suspicion for vascular conditions must be exercised in cases of arterial dysfunction presenting with back pain

Topics: New Online Case Reports
Publisher: The Royal College of Surgeons of England
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