A 42-year-old member asked:
What's the most common tumor of the spinal cord?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ahmad M Hadiedanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 51 years experience
It depend on the : Location, spinal tumors are classified according to their location in the spine. Extradural (metastatic tumors) intradural-extramedullary tumors.(schwannomas and neurofibromas) intramedullary tumors. The most common spinal cord tumors (or intramedullary tumors) are ependymomas, ependymoma &astrocytomas , hemangioblastomas, in that order.
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Dr. Kareen Velezanswered
16 years experience
Metastatic tumors: By incidence, the most common tumors that affect the spinal cord (sc) are metastatic (55%; from lung, breast, prostate or lymphoma). Looking at the sc from superficial to deep, the next layer affected are tumors within the dural sac but out of the sc (40%). These include schwannomas and meningiomas. Last layer are tumor within the sc (about 5%), which include astrocytomas and ependymomas.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Please help! what is the most common tumor of the spinal cord?
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Dr. Myron Arlenanswered
Surgical Oncology 66 years experience
Astrocytomas: Tumors that arise in the osseous spine and invade the cord are the vertebral tumors. Tumors that begin within the cells of the spinal cord are the Intramedullary tumors , such as astrocytomas or ependymomas. The other tumors (extramedullary) develop within the supporting network of cells around the spinal cord and include schwannomas, meningiomas and neurofibromas.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
What types of tumors spinal tumors wrap around the spinal cord?
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Dr. Atif Haqueanswered
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 20 years experience
Multiple: Some tumors involve the bones of the spine, while others occur in the spinal canal, sometimes in the spinal cord itself. Some of the more common types that occur "around the spinal cord" are meningiomas and nerve sheath tumors, like schwannomas or neurofibromas. Also metastatic cancer can, too.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
How common are injuries to the spinal cord?
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Dr. Richard Orranswered
Surgical Oncology 46 years experience
Moderate: Fortunately, the bones in the spine give us pretty good protection and spinal cord injuries are much less common than things like broken wrists, collarbones, legs, etc. But they are devastating injuries when they lead to paralysis, so you should do everything you can do to prevent them. Wear your seatbelt, be very careful on ladders, stay off roofs (unless trained), don't dive into water, etc.
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