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What exactly is cervical spine cancer?

What exactly is cervical spine cancer?

See below.: Cancer is uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. This can occur in the cervical spine (neck). There are many types of cancer which can originate in the spine. However, most commonly, the abnormal cells originate outside the spine and then travel via blood vessels to other areas of the body including the spine. This is called metastasis. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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Could cervical spine MRI show neck cancer?

Could cervical spine MRI show neck cancer?

Could: Cervical spine MRI will show spine more. Mri neck will show more soft tissues in neck and not concentrate on spine. ...Read more

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Could stomach cancer cause an enlarged posterior cervical lymph node (back of neck)? Or is stomach cancer most often associated with clavicular nodes?

Could stomach cancer cause an enlarged posterior cervical lymph node (back of neck)? Or is stomach cancer most often associated with clavicular nodes?

Supraclavicular: It is very unlikely that stomach cancer would cause enlarged posterior cervical nodes without other symptoms. Even supraclavicular node enlargement as the first sign is distinctly uncommon. If you have concern, see your doctor for an endoscopy. ...Read more

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2 docs have said i def have a lipoma exactly top of spine/base neck. Still worried I have cancer.Are they easy to diagnose by touch + by its position?

2 docs have said i def have a lipoma exactly top of spine/base neck. Still worried I have cancer.Are they easy to diagnose by touch + by its position?

Usually: Lipomas have a characteristic soft and somewhat mobile feel on exam. They don't change much over time. Cancer doing this would be unusual and your doctors are likely correct in their conclusion. Ultrasound of lipomas can show a rounded fatty area or nothing (with the lipoma blending into the surrounding fat). Sometimes ultrasound is done when patients feel they need further evidence of noncancer. ...Read more

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My sister in law has thyroid cancer which has spread to her bones and spine also she has cervical cancer and uterine cancer we want to know the rough time scale we have left for her?

My sister in law has thyroid cancer which has spread to her bones and spine also she has cervical cancer and uterine cancer we want to know the rough time scale we have left for her?

No way to tell: If she's relatively young, the possibility of li-fraumeni affecting the family is a concern. But there is no way, even if i had much more information, that i could tell you how much longer your loved one has with you -- even chief justice rehnquist survived a few years longer than he was supposed to. Cherish every day you have with her. ...Read more

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Painful cervical spine?

Ubiquitous: Degenerative neck and back pain is akin to wrinkles in the skin. Age happens, and the alternative (bring aging to a grinding halt with death) is not appealing. Accept some aches and pain, use nsaid's/tylenol to control, salonpas hot patches, strengthen the core, consider mckenzie pt (doc's rx needed). If persistent, further evaluation. Should not be life altering under most circumstances. ...Read more

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Why would my cervical spine hurt so much?

Why would my cervical spine hurt so much?

Whiplash; weightlift: A mva causing a jolt fro behind can cause it. Heavy weight lifting can lead to cervical strain or can cause herniated disc. If you have tingling or numbness in arms, you need to consult md right away. ...Read more

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Can i run after cervical spine fusion?

Can i run after cervical spine fusion?

Yes you can: When you can start running will be when your surgeon clears you to start. Typically about 6 weeks is all it takes to get back to your usual activities. But this can be longer if you have a multilevel fusion. Ask your spine surgeon. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is cervical spine stenosis?

What sort of disease is cervical spine stenosis?

Narrowing: Stenosis is a condition where the tube inside the spine, the canal, is narrowed and potentially pinching on the spinal cord and/or spinal nerves. It can cause pain, weakness or numbness. It can be a problem from birth (congenital) or due to aging, injury or disease. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for cervical spine stenosis?

Nerve pain: Stenosis refers to crowding and/or impingement of the nerves or spinal cord - therefore the most common symptoms would be nerve type symptoms in the arms, such as numbness, tingling, weakness, pain. Having said that, it's very uncommon for an 18 year old to have cervical stenosis. ...Read more

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Can a cervical spine collapse rapidly in a 90 year old?

Can a cervical spine collapse rapidly in a 90 year old?

Possible: Depends upon many underlying conditions apart from age -alone.Osteoporosis a major factor.Trauma, bit d deficiency, rheumatoid arthritis among other cau, ses. ...Read more

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How fast can the cervical spine collapse if osteoporosis?

Not fast: Although the spine can suffer vertebral fractures from osteoporosis, cervical spine fragility fractures are very uncommon. You are more likely to suffer fractures of the lower thoracic or upper lumber spine. ...Read more

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Where is the trigeminal tract in the upper cervical spine?

There are two of the: There is the dorsal or back trigeminothalamiic tract that carries nerve fibers that help transmit touch and pressure sensations and a ventral or front one with varying interconnections and crossover from right to left and vice versa high in the cervical cord region if this is what you are asking. ...Read more

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Anterior discectomy & fusion of cervical spine, what to do?

Anterior discectomy & fusion of cervical spine, what to do?

Common procedure: An anterior cervical discectomy and fusion with instrumentation is a common procedure to address cervical disc herniations, degenerative spondylosis and occasional to treat instability from trauma. A fusion will eliminate the motion at the involved joint segments. Most patients do well. For very good information and videos, check out spine-health.Com. ...Read more

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How serious is cervical spine stenosis and how is it treated?

How serious is cervical spine stenosis and how is it treated?

Varies from not at : This varies from not at all to very serious. Treatment ranges from none to use of medication, exercise and sometimes epidural steroid injections to surgery. The only serious condition is when the stenosis leads to compression of the spinal cord leading to a condition known as a myleopathy. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get cervical spine stenosis, or is it unusual?

Both : There is a genetic component to cervical stenosis but most often it is the result of repetitive injury and arthritic/degenerative changes as we get older. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cervical spine stenosis?

What is the definition or description of: cervical spine stenosis?

Cervical stenosis: This is the narrowing of the spinal canal in the cervical spine (your neck). This can have serious nervous sytems effects at or below the area that is narrowed. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could u please explain my MRI of cervical spine report?

Sorry we cannot be: Of more help, but without more information and without the reading we cannot provide much help with this question. There are so many different things that could be on the report that we could not just take shots in the dark. Best of luck! ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Cervical Spine (Definition)

Cervical spine is the segment of spine found in the neck. Because damage to the cervical spine can cause paralysis of the arms, legs, and respiratory muscles, the cervical spine is often the first area protected in ...Read more


Cervical (Definition)

Cervical relates to the first seven vertebra of the spine. It is related it the neck. Also it refers to the muscular opening/exit of ...Read more