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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

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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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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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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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

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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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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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What can I do to slow the growth of a spinal tumor?

What can I do to slow the growth of a spinal tumor?

Depends on SC tumor.: This depends on the type of cns/spinal cord tumor you/someone might have. Astrocytomas get surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy while oligodendrogliomas do well with surgery and chemotherapy. Ependymomas, germinomas, and meningiomas can do very well with surgery alone. Tumors metastatic to the spinal cord must be detected early or can have grave consequences from compression of the cord. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a middle back/spinal tumor? Is it rare?

What are the symptoms of a middle back/spinal tumor? Is it rare?

Yes, quite uncommon: But, what prompts your concerns? A variety of tumors may present over the thoracic vertebrae, some causing nocturnal pain responsive to aspirin, others compressing the spinal cord, resulting in urinary incontinence, leg weakness and numbness. Since often insidious, and slowly progressive, if there is high suspicion, would urge MRI study to pin down. ...Read more

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Back hurst like nothing I ever felt, is there a chance I have spinal tumor.?

Back hurst like nothing I ever felt, is there a chance I have spinal tumor.?

Back pain is common: Back pain is a common problem and mostly related to a slip disc or injury you need MRI of back to determine why you have it and you must see a good doctor. A tumor is not impossible but a rare cause of presenting as back pain. ...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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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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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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Can an MRI scan see a small spinal Tumor? Thankyou

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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What does it mean to have laminectomy for spinal tumor excision?

See below: To remove the posterior portion on the arch of the spinal canal to reduce pressure or compression on the cord itself. ...Read more

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Can a spinal Tumor be diagnosed from the one MRI scan? Would they know if it was a Tumor? Thanks

Can a spinal Tumor be diagnosed from the one MRI scan? Would they know if it was a Tumor? Thanks

Tumor: To answer your question, yes, but there are times when MRI has its limitations too. You should ask your physician what your concerns may be and also what his are regarding a formal diagnosis. ...Read more

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What does a SMALL spinal Tumor look like on an MRI scan? Can you tell it's a Tumor from looking at scan? Thanks

What does a SMALL spinal Tumor look like on an MRI scan? Can you tell it's a Tumor from looking at scan? Thanks

A tumor: Is an abnormal mass, and can have a variety of appearances on MRI depending on the type of tumor. Characterizing it as "small" is relative and inexact, particularly when accurate measurements can be obtained from the MRI scan. ...Read more

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Can MRI scan tell the difference from a Spinal Tumor to something else? Can they tell from MRI report if something is a Tumor? Worried, thanks

Can MRI scan tell the difference from a Spinal Tumor to something else? Can they tell from MRI report if something is a Tumor? Worried, thanks

MRI is good for this: MRI is the best test to see a tumor in the spine. A normal MRI report almost certainly means you do not have a tumor. However if you would like a second opinion, you can request a private consultation to review your images and put your mind at ease. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can take besides methadone for chronic pain? I have been on it for yrs status post spinal tumor removal. I get so hot from it.

Chronic Pain: Many of my patients with chronic pain benefit significantly from cymbalta (duloxetine). Ask your doctor if this medication would be appropriate for you. My best. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a brain or spinal tumor?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a brain or spinal tumor?

1st, you see a doc: He or she will take a good medical history, do a good physical exam, and determine if you need labs or a scan. You can't tell otherwise and please don't try to self diagnose. ...Read more

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What is the risk for spinal tumor in healthy and active 23 year old male?

What is the risk for spinal tumor in healthy and active 23 year old male?

Rare as Martian....: ....Hen's Teeth! Spinal cord tumor comprise 0.05% of all primary tumors diagnosed and a good portion of those are benign. Malignant ones are more scattered than that. ...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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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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I have a low back disc herniation from 4 yrs ago, pain has come back. Physiatrist " disc flare up". Possibility this is a spinal tumor?

I have a low back disc herniation from 4 yrs ago, pain has come back. Physiatrist " disc flare up". Possibility this is a spinal tumor?

Unlikely: Spinal tumors are uncommon (do exist), with them more often looses sensation and muscle power not the pain you have, mostly is your disc, re evaluation by your doctor with MRI of spine etc need treatments if you have evidence of compression to the cord may even need surgery ...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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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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I have 1cm intra/extra spinal tumor at L4 with 3 nerves that appear to be in tumor. If removed, do most patients have chronic pain after surgery?

Varies: The outcome of resection of a tumor from your spinal column can vary significantly based upon multiple factors. Certainly one of the possible poor outcomes would be to have pain unrelieved or even worsened after surgery. I would discuss the likelihood of this happening directly with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Had cervical CT in sept. All notmsl rxcept " shows some prevertabrel swelling " and patient motion. Scared. Spinal tumor?

Had cervical CT in sept. All notmsl rxcept " shows some prevertabrel swelling " and patient motion. Scared. Spinal tumor?

Soft findings: But why did you have the scan? Bone issues. Pain?, swallowing problem? Reading findings is like looking at one piece of a jigsaw puzzle, you need the whole picture and even then you may not know where the piece fits/. ...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