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Dr. Kennedy The cauda equina is a bundle of spinal nerve roots that arise from the bottom end of the spinal cord, so named because when exposed on the anatomy tail they resemble a horses tail (the cauda equina: (Latin, cauda) tail, (Latin, equus) horse. The cauda equina comprises the roots of all the spinal nerve roots below the level of the first lumbar (L1) vertebra, namely the sacral and coccygeal nerves. The cauda equina syndrome involves impairment of the nerves in the cauda equina, and is characterized by dull pain in the lower back and upper buttocks and lack of feeling (analgesia) in the buttocks, genitalia and thigh, together with disturbances of bowel and bladder function.

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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