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cauda equina (probe)
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In this image the conus medullaris (L1-L2 vertebral levels) is seen and just inferior to it the probe is lifting the cauda equina.

If a L4/L5 slipped disc occurs in the midline (through the posterior longitudinal ligament), cauda equina syndrome may result this patient will experience problems with defecation and urination. On the other hand, if the L4/L5 slipped disc occurs lateral to the midline, the patient will experience symptoms of L5 spinal nerve compression in the lower limb ipsilateral to the compressed nerve.
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