List Of Illnesses That Can Cause CES

This list is by no means everything that can cause CES. There are many and varied tragic consequences, and although the above list is extensive and detailed, CES is still noted as one of the rarest disorders known to the medical profession.  

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Medical Explanation

Aneurysmal Bone Cyst

Aneurysmal Bone Cyst is a benign, blood-filled lesion in the bone that tends to expand or grow.

Back Injuries

Any type of back injury that will affect the spine.

Basilar Invagination

Basilar Invagination is defined as the upward displacement of vertebral elements into a normal foramen magnum with normal bone. 

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Cavernous Angioma

Cavernous Haemangioma, also called cavernous angioma, cavernoma, or cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM) causing blood clots that can affect areas of the spine. Cavernomas canoccur in the brain and on the spinal cord. While a cavernous angioma may not affect function, it can cause seizures, stroke symptoms, haemorrhages, and headaches.

Cervical Disc Herniation

Cervical Disc Herniation (disc bulging/ruptured disc) is a common disorder of the spine that can lead to neck and/or arm pain. The herniated disc or displaced disc can compress a nerve exiting the spine (branch of the spinal cord), the spinal cord itself or both.

Cervical Myelopathy

Cervical Myelopathy is a common degenerative condition caused by compression on the spinal cord that is characterized by clumsiness in hands and gait imbalance. treatment is typically operative as the condition is progressive.

Cervical Radiculopathy

Cervical Radiculopathy is the clinical  description of when a nerve root in the Cervical Spine becomes inflamed or damaged, resulting in a change in neurological function.

Cervical Spondylosis

Cervical Spondylosis is a common, age-related condition that affects the joints and discs in your Cervical Spine, which is in your neck.

Chiari Malformations

Chiari Malformations are classified by the severity of the disorder and the parts of the brain that protrude into the spinal canal.


Chordoma is a rare type of cancerous tumour that can occur anywhere along the spine, from the base of the skull to the tailbone. Chordomas grow slowly, gradually extending into the bone and soft tissue around them.



Acquired causes include injuries and disorders.  Congenital abnormalities may be specific structural abnormalities or general or systemic disorders. skeletal growth and development. Many patients have multiple abnormalities.

Degenerative Spine


Degenerative Spine conditions involve the gradual loss of normal structure and function of the spine over time

Giant Cell Tumour

Giant Cell Tumour is one of the more common benign bone tumours. While a giant cell tumour can occur in any bone the Spine can be affected


Hemangioblastoma is a benign, highly vascular tumour that can occur in the brain, spinal cord, and retina (the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye). This tumour accounts for about 2% of brain tumours.


Kyphosis is a spinal disorder in which an excessive outward curve of the spine results in an abnormal rounding of the upper back. The condition is sometimes known as "roundback" or in the case of a severe curve as "hunchback." Kyphosis can occur at any age but is common during adolescence.

Lumbar Disc Herniation

Lumbar Herniated Disc causes symptoms of sciatica and possible foot pain, numbness or weakness. 



Myxopapillary Ependymoma (MEPN) is a slow-growing Ependymoma (a type of glioma, which is a tumour that arises from the supportive tissue of the brain and spinal cord). They tend to occur in the lower part of the spinal column and are usually considered to be benign, low-grade or grade I tumours.

Neck Cancer

Cancers that begin in the head and neck often spread to the lymph nodes in the Neck before they spread elsewhere.

Nerve Sheath Tumour

 Nerve Sheath Tumour is an abnormal growth within the cells of this covering. Nerve Sheath Tumours such as neurofibromas and schwannomas are mostly benign, but malignant Nerve Sheath Tumours can be serious and require prompt treatment.


Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that occurs most often during the growth spurt just before puberty. While scoliosis can be caused by conditions such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy, the cause of most scoliosis is unknown.

Spinal Column Tumours

Spinal Cord Tumour is a noncancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant) growth in or around the Spinal Cord.

Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Cord Injury or damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal (cauda equina) — often causes permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions below the site of the injury.

Spinal Cord Malformation

Split Spinal Cord Malformation (SSCM) is a rare form of spinal dysraphism in which a person is born with splitting, or duplication, of the Spinal Cord. ... Treatment may include surgery for release of a tethered cord, and/or physical therapy for neurologic problems or pain.

Spinal Cord Tumours

Spinal Cord Tumours can cause serious problems such as pain and paralysis. Find out how more about management and treatment.

Spinal Decompression

Spinal Decompression is a type of traction therapy applied to the spine in an attempt to bring about several theoretical benefits including Create a negative intradiscal pressure to promote retraction or repositioning of the herniated or bulging disc material.

Spinal Deformities

Spinal Deformity is an abnormal alignment or curve of the bony vertebral column. Adult scoliosis and kyphosis can be caused by age-related wear and tear on the back or complications from past surgeries.

Spinal Dural Fistula

Spinal Dural Arteriovenous (AV) fistulas are the most commonly encountered vascular malformation of the spinal cord and a treatable cause for progressive para- or tetraplegia.

Spinal Ependymoma

Spinal Ependymomas are the most common spinal cord tumour overall, seen both in the adult and paediatric population.

Spinal Fixation

Vertebral Fixation (also known as "Spinal Fixation") is an orthopaedic surgical procedure in which two or more vertebrae are anchored to each other through a synthetic "Vertebral Fixation Device", with the aim of reducing Vertebral mobility and thus avoiding possible damage to the Spinal Cord and/or Spinal roots.

Spinal Infection

Infection may be caused by bacteria or fungal organisms and can occur after surgery. ... Vertebral osteomyelitis is the most common form of vertebral infection. It can develop from direct open spinal trauma, infections in surrounding areas and from bacteria that spreads to a vertebra.

Spinal Instability

Spinal Instability is a term coined to describe abnormal movement between one vertebra and another. As a disc degenerates it loses tension or 'turgor' which allows the disc to bulge and permits increasing movements to take place between the vertebrae.

Spinal Meningioma

Meningiomas arising from the coverings of the spinal cord are one of the two most common Intradural Extramedullary Spinal Tumours, representing 25-30% of all such tumours.

Spinal Metastases

The Metastasis is the spread of cancer from one part of the body to another. ... Breast, prostate, and lung cancer are responsible for more than 80% of cases of Metastatic bone disease. The spine is the most common site of bone Metastasis. A Spinal Metastasis may cause pain, instability and neurological injuries.

Spinal Neurofibroma

Spinal Neurofibromas are benign peripheral nerve sheath tumours, usually of the localized subtype. 

Spinal Schwannoma

Spinal Schwannomas are benign nerve sheath tumours within the spinal canal, typically arising from spinal nerve roots. They are one of the two most common intradural extramedullary spinal tumours, representing 15-50% of such lesions. 

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal Stenosis (or narrowing) is a common condition that occurs when the small spinal canal, which contains the nerve roots and spinal cord, becomes compressed.This causes a “pinching” of the spinal cord and/or nerve roots, which leads to pain, cramping, weakness or numbness.

Spine Surgery

Laminectomy. This is the most common surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis. In this procedure, a surgeon removes parts of the bone, bone spurs, or ligaments in your back.

This relieves pressure on spinal nerves and can ease pain or weakness, but the procedure can make your spine less stable. Spinal fusion is surgery to join two or more vertebrae into one single structure. The goal is to stop movement between the two bones and prevent back pain. Once they’re fused, they no longer move like they used to. This keeps you from stretching nearby nerves, ligaments, and muscles that may have caused discomfort.


Spondylolisthesis is a spinal condition that affects the lower vertebrae (spinal bones). This disease causes one of the lower vertebrae to slip forward onto the bone directly beneath it. It's a painful condition but treatable in most cases.


 Radiculopathy, also commonly referred to as pinched nerve, refers to a set of conditions in which one or more nerves are affected and do not work properly (a neuropathy). This can result in pain (radicular pain), weakness, numbness, or difficulty controlling specific muscles.


Sarcoma is a rare kind of cancer. Sarcomas are different from the much more common carcinomas because they happen in a different kind of tissue. Sarcomas grow in connective tissue - cells that connector support other kinds of tissue in your body.


Sciatica refers to back pain caused by a problem with the sciatic nerve. This is a large nerve that runs from the lower back down the back of each leg. When something injures or puts pressure on the Sciatic Nerve, it can cause pain in the lower back that spreads to the hip, buttocks, and leg.


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