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Catching cauda equina in time

Michael Smith, age 45, is admitted for lumbar laminectomy revision and fusion surgery. Despite his operative blood loss of an estimated 800 mL, he’s recovering uneventfully in the neurosurgical unit, receiving I.V. fluids and using a patient-controlled anesthesia (PCA) pump to manage pain. History and assessment hints You note that 6 hours ago in the…

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