Cauda equina syndrome complicating pneumococcal meningitis

Pediatr Neurol. 1999 Feb;20(2):152-4. doi: 10.1016/s0887-8994(98)00129-5.


A 14-month-old female with pneumococcal meningitis presented with flaccid paraplegia, saddle anesthesia, and bladder and bowel dysfunction. Magnetic resonance imaging of the spine demonstrated intense gadolinium enhancement of the cauda equina, whereas the conus medullaris appeared normal. This finding indicated that lumbosacral polyradiculopathy caused her symptoms.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cauda Equina*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Lumbosacral Region
  • Meningitis, Pneumococcal / complications*
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes / etiology*
  • Polyradiculopathy / etiology