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Spinal Column and Spinal Cord Tumors

A spinal tumor is a growth of cells that is in or surrounding the spinal cord. Symptoms depend on the location and type of tumor. Metastic tumors that spread to the spine from another site progress quickly while primary tumors progress slowly.

Symptoms

  • Back pain
  • Muscle contractions, weakness or function loss
  • Abnormal sensations or loss of sensation – shooting pain down the leg or a cold sensation in the fingers, hands or legs

Treatment

  • Corticosteroids for inflammation and swelling
  • Surgery to relieve compression on the spinal cord or remove the tumor
  • Radiation therapy
  • Chemotherapy has not proven effective against most spinal tumors

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