Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) is a rare and serious spinal emergency which can lead to lower limb paralysis and loss of bowel, bladder and sexual function if not assessed and treated urgently. The condition affects 1-3 people per 100,000 population in England and there are around 8,000 suspected cases every year.
In February 2023, GIRFT worked collaboratively with a group of more than 60 health professionals to develop the pathway for suspected CES, which is now widely consulted by clinical teams to support diagnosis and treatment of the condition without delay, helping to improve patient outcomes. The interactive version has been developed to further enhance the usability of the pathway. It is supported by a detailed CES pathway guide, outlining when and how to carry out stages of the pathway, including best practice for referrals and imaging, surgical techniques, pain control and other post-operative support.
More than 1,200 people also attended a GIRFT webinar in March 2023 to discuss the pathway and ask questions. Watch the recording of our CES webinar.