Explanation of the Red Flags
‘Red flags’ is a term commonly used when talking about cauda equina syndrome. They are a set of symptoms that occur during the onset of cauda equina syndrome. When they occur either as one or a combination of the symptoms below, they should lead a medical professional to suspect a diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome. Red flags are extremely important as early recognition can lead to correct timely diagnosis and treatment. Treatment within 24 hours will almost always lead to the patient making a near or full recovery after surgery.
Next steps – Diagnosis
If you (or a patient) experience these symptoms and Cauda Equina Syndrome is considered, you ideally require definitive investigation(s) and management to diagnose (or rule out) the condition within 24 hours of onset of the red flag symptoms. This is to optimise the chance of neurological recovery.
Bladder scanning for residual urine after emptying and lack of catheter sensation can be instrumental in helping clinicians establish compression of the cauda equina nerves.
Once you receive a diagnosis here at Champions Charity, we are on hand to support you. You may feel scared and bewildered but as our team speak from first-hand experience, we can offer free support and advice as well as signposting you to other useful organisations.
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Charity Film Awards 2022
We are very proud of our award winning charity film “24 hours changed my life – Forever.”
It won Silver in the Peoples choice award category in the Charity Film Awards 2022 and now we use it for presentations to patients, healthcare professionals and in our awareness campaigning.
The film highlights how time sensitive Cauda Equina syndrome is how important 24 hours can be for the long term outcomes of patients.