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Can low back pain be a tumor?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Some tumors will cause lower back pain.
If i see a young person who is having new onset of back pain or if i see a middle aged person with no history of lower back pain with new onset back pain, i will search for potential tumors as a cause. Thankfully it is uncommon but something not to miss.

In brief: Yes
Some tumors will cause lower back pain.
If i see a young person who is having new onset of back pain or if i see a middle aged person with no history of lower back pain with new onset back pain, i will search for potential tumors as a cause. Thankfully it is uncommon but something not to miss.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Dr. Philip Chao
true but exceedingly rare. Most back pain will spontaneously resolve in 4-6 weeks. The converse is true too. I have a patient who complained to her family physician for two years of a lump she felt near her back and was ignored. It was a sarcoma.
Dr. Foead Geula
Anesthesiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Sometimes
Depends on signs, symptoms, lab/imaging results.

In brief: Sometimes
Depends on signs, symptoms, lab/imaging results.
Dr. Foead Geula
Dr. Foead Geula
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Dr. Chris Faubel
Pain Management
In brief: YES
Low back pain can definitely be from a tumor. Metastasis from the prostate, breast, lungs, GI tract and kidneys are the most common.
In fact, the spine is the 3rd most common place for cancer to spread.

In brief: YES
Low back pain can definitely be from a tumor. Metastasis from the prostate, breast, lungs, GI tract and kidneys are the most common.
In fact, the spine is the 3rd most common place for cancer to spread.
Dr. Chris Faubel
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Dr. Bradley Peckler
Emergency Medicine
In brief: Yes
Most LBP is not serious and goes away with time, Warning signs include numbness, weakness, urinary or defecating problems, weight loss, or fever.
If you are older, risk factors for cancer or have a cancer that is concerning also. If any concerns or symptoms persist you should see your doctor.

In brief: Yes
Most LBP is not serious and goes away with time, Warning signs include numbness, weakness, urinary or defecating problems, weight loss, or fever.
If you are older, risk factors for cancer or have a cancer that is concerning also. If any concerns or symptoms persist you should see your doctor.
Dr. Bradley Peckler
Dr. Bradley Peckler
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