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What is a spinal cord tumor and where can I get more info on it?

What is a spinal cord tumor and where can I get more info on it?

Ask your doc: You need to know if your tumor is benign or malignant. Your doctor will know. You also need to know where it is on your spine because tumors higher up will have different symptoms than ones lower down. Once you know these two things, it's easier to get more info. Your doctor or his/her nurse should also be able to answer your questions. ...Read more

Neoplasms (Definition)

"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more


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How many different people a year are diagnosed with primary spinal cord tumors?

Uncommon: I could not give you the exact numbers. This may not even be known as it is a rare event (fortunately). Why does it matter to you? Give us the story behind your question? ...Read more

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What is the treatment for spinal cord tumor?

Removal: Removal of tumor to prevent damage to spinal cord. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: spinal cord tumor?

What is the definition or description of: spinal cord tumor?

Spinal growth: It is an abnormal growth of cells within the caudal part of the central nervous system or spinal cord.
Tumors can be benign or malignant and primary or metastatic (most common). ...Read more

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What is a spinal cord tumor and where can I get more info on it?

Ask your doc: You need to know if your tumor is benign or malignant. Your doctor will know. You also need to know where it is on your spine because tumors higher up will have different symptoms than ones lower down. Once you know these two things, it's easier to get more info. Your doctor or his/her nurse should also be able to answer your questions. ...Read more

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When spinal cord tumors cause coordination issues is it constant or transient?

When spinal cord tumors cause coordination issues is it constant or transient?

Spinal cord tumors: Tumors in the central nervous system can often grow very slowly and displace tissue gently. At some point the tumor will cause symptoms either by infiltration, compression or edema. Once the symptoms start they should be constant and progressive. Vascular lesions are much more likely to cause intermittent symptoms.. ...Read more

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How many different people a year are diagnosed with primary spinal cord tumors?

Uncommon: I could not give you the exact numbers. This may not even be known as it is a rare event (fortunately). Why does it matter to you? Give us the story behind your question? ...Read more

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Will a spinal cord tumor kill me?

Depends on tumor: If benign usually not, if malignant and aggressive it might. ...Read more

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If one has a spinal cord tumor, is paralysis inevitable?

If one has a spinal cord tumor, is paralysis inevitable?

Ask your doc: You need to know if your tumor is benign or malignant and where it is on your spine because tumors higher up will be more likely to cause paralysis than ones lower down. Malignant tumors are usually worse than benign but paralysis can usually be avoided if treated. ...Read more

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Are frequent headaches for several years a symptom of a spinal cord tumor?

Are frequent headaches for several years a symptom of a spinal cord tumor?

Probably not: Usually involvement of the spinal cord involves limb weakness and problem with control of bladder and bowel function. Headache is usually not a presenting symptom. ...Read more

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How fast will a thoracic spinal cord tumor grow?

How fast will a thoracic spinal cord tumor grow?

Usually slow, but...: Ependymomas, astrocytomas, and peripheral nerve sheath tumors all tend to grow relatively slowly, but the impact of a tumor here is great and if detected, generally surgery should be considered at once. I have one case of an ependymoma that produced symptoms for over ten years before it finallyi wish you good luck. ...Read more

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Thoracic spinal cord tumor growing, will it require removal?

Thoracic spinal cord tumor growing, will it require removal?

May be: Is the tumor in the spinal cord or in the tissue around the spinal cord? Depending on the location and type of tumor surgery may be needed. See this site for info.
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001403.htm. ...Read more

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What will happen to the brain if one has a rather large intramedullary spinal cord tumor?

What will happen to the brain if one has a rather large intramedullary spinal cord tumor?

Spine Tumor: A tumor in the spinal cord itself is unlikely to effect the brain unless the tumor type spread from the brain (this is uncommon) or is metastatic tumor from elsewhere in the body (extremely uncommon). The majority of intramedullary tumors are astrocytomas or ependymomas. ...Read more

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Please tell me what can happen to the brain if one has a rather large intramedullary spinal cord tumor?

Please tell me what can happen to the brain if one has a rather large intramedullary spinal cord tumor?

Should be separate: The brain and the intramedullary spinal cord tumor should be separate entities, unless the tumor is very high in the cervical spine at the base of the skull. In this case, the tumor can invade the brainstem and lead to brainstem symptoms like apnea, trouble swallowing, double vision, coma and death. ...Read more

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Can a spinal cord tumor cause spine pain (pain in 1 or 2 vertebrae when pressing on area & laying down)? Would pain be the only symptom?

Can a spinal cord tumor cause spine pain (pain in 1 or 2 vertebrae when pressing on area & laying down)? Would pain be the only symptom?

Not a spine tumor: You probably have more of a msucle, tendon or a bursitis problem. With a spien tumor I woud expect other findings. You need to discuss with your physician ...Read more

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Can you tell me in case of a spinal cord tumor do in most cases pain affect both legs/arms or is it usually one sided?

Either.: Depending on the location of the tumor, one or both sides of your body can be affected. Speak to your physician if you are concerned. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for spinal cord tumor?

Removal: Removal of tumor to prevent damage to spinal cord. ...Read more

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What can be done for a spinal tumor?

What can be done for a spinal tumor?

Multiple options: Depending on size, location, pathology, and symptoms, a variety of options are available - surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, observation or combination. Proton beam therapy is a newer form of radiation treatment utilizing more precise proton energy rays that try to avoid or minimize collateral damage to vital parts like the spinal cord or the normal brain tissue. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I might have spinal tumor?

Spinal tumor: Impossible to answer the question. Why do you believe you might have a tumor? If you are having back related symptoms, best to see your doctor for evaluation. There are many other causes of back pain that are more common than tumors. ...Read more

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I think I have symptoms of a spinal tumor, what should I do?

I think I have symptoms of a spinal tumor, what should I do?

See your primary doc: It would be difficult to verify a " spinal tumor", purely on symptoms. If you have neurological symptoms of loss of strength or sensation, it is important that you urgently see an md for further evaluation. Imaging including MRI may be required. If there is suspicion of a mass, biopsy may be required. Primary spinal tumors are rare. If there is a tumor, the origin of the tumor would be questioned. ...Read more

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Would a spinal Tumor on an MRI show as a tumor or would it show as an abnormality? Thankyou

Would a spinal Tumor on an MRI show as a tumor or would it show as an abnormality? Thankyou

It depends: Sometimes the tumors are so subtle that you cannot be certain. Many of the time the tumors will light up with contrast in which case you can be much more certain that it is tumor. But sometimes it is simply hard to tell and only biopsy will tell you if you have tumor which should be done only as a last resort because biopsying the spinal cord is fraught with danger. ...Read more

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Is an exray of the spine and a spinal tap ok for testing for a spinal tumor? Had both tests and results were normal

Is an exray of the spine and a spinal tap ok for testing for a spinal tumor? Had both tests and results were normal

No tumor: The best test to look for a spinal tumor is an MRI (usually with contrast). A spinal tap can look for cancer cells in the fluid, but only if that specific test is ordered. An xray really only looks at the bones, not the spine. If there was a bony abnormality, an xray would show it. If your doc ordered a spinal tap, he was probably looking for something like inflammation, not tumor. Good luck! ...Read more

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How to know if I have a brain or spinal tumor?

How to know if I have a brain or spinal tumor?

Exam is best: We usually have a pretty good idea if a tumor is present based on a patient's symptoms and physical exam. The best test to be done is an MRI (usually with contrast). Brain and spinal tumors, fortunately, are pretty uncommon. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a spinal tumor?

What are the symptoms of a spinal tumor?

Depends: Tumor in the bone can present with just pain. However if it causes compression of the spinal cord or nerves it can present with paralysis, weakness, altered sensation, bowel/bladder incontinence etc. So basically depends on location along spinal column and whether or not it causes nerve or cord compression. ...Read more

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I think I have symptoms of a spinal tumor. What tests would I need to take?

I think I have symptoms of a spinal tumor. What tests would I need to take?

Possibly MRI: See a doctor for a history and physical and ask if your symptoms merit MRI or other tests. Spinal cord tumors are not common. ...Read more

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Which is more serious? A spinal tumor or spinal cyst?

Which is more serious? A spinal tumor or spinal cyst?

Difficult to answer,: Because it depends on the type of tumor, along with the size/location of the tumor or cyst. ...Read more

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What are the risks associated with removing a spinal tumor?

What are the risks associated with removing a spinal tumor?

Paralysis, etc.: This depends on where the tumor is and how complex it is. Some, like ependymomas are benign, but can be in the center of the spinal cord, making removal all but impossible. If the tumor is wrapped around the spinal cord, removal might be possible, but the cord can be damaged, and complications like paralysis can occur. If a nerve is compressed, pain can occur, or numbness. ...Read more

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Pain in upper back since 2 years but now it is very severe? Could it be due to spinal tumor?

Pain in upper back since 2 years but now it is very severe? Could it be due to spinal tumor?

Less likely: With the limited information you have given of chronic pain getting more severe over the past two years and nothing else going on in terms of movement or sensory issues I would say the likelihood of a spinal tumor is very very low. It certainly would be beneficial to be seen by a doctor and have at least x-ray studies done to try and figure out the problem. ...Read more

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Would a spinal Tumor show on an MRI scan?

Would a spinal Tumor show on an MRI scan?

Usually: Sometimes a spinal cord tumor, especially with extrinsic compression, can result in false localizing clinical signs, which could result in imaging at wrong level, but if precise, the MRI will show lesion. However, you say that you have B-12 issues, and this can cause spinal cord problems in posterior columns, which are also seen on MRI. Do you feel Concierge visit might help? ...Read more

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Can an MRI scan see a small spinal Tumor? Thankyou

Yes, MRI is a great: Spinal tumors are best visualized with a MRI of the spine. But you must have some reasons/symptoms to suspect that you might have a tumor in that area? ...Read more

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Spinal Tumor (Definition)

A growth that develops within your spinal canal or within the bones of your spine. It may ...Read more