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What're the symptoms of spinal cord tumors?

The symptoms vary depending on the location, type of the tumor, and the general health of the person. Metastatic tumors (those that have spread to the spine from another site) often progress quickly, while primary tumors often progress slowly over weeks to years. Symptoms of spine tumors are caused by pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots. Pressure on the spinal cord may cause back pain, progressing paralysis, decreased sensation below the area compressed, impotence, and loss of bladder and bowel control. Pressure on the spinal cord may also block the blood supply to the cord, resulting in death of tissue, fluid accumulation, and swelling. Fluid accumulation may block more of the blood supply, leading to a vicious circle of damage. Pressure on spinal nerve roots can cause pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness of the muscles supplied by the compressed nerve root. Tumors originating in the spinal cord cause numbness, tingling, and weakness but may not cause pain. Symptoms may come on gradually and then suddenly become more severe. This is particularly true in metastatic disease.

More information on spinal cord tumors

What are spinal cord tumors? - A spinal cord tumor is a noncancerous (benign) or cancerous (malignant) growth in or around the spinal cord.
What causes spinal cord tumors? - The cause of primary spinal tumors is unknown. Some primary spinal tumors are associated with genetic defects.
What're the symptoms of spinal cord tumors? - The symptoms of spinal cord tumors vary depending on the location, type of the tumor, and the general health of the person.
How is spinal cord tumor diagnosed? - A neurologic examination may indicate the location of spinal cord tumor. Several procedures can help doctors diagnose a spinal cord tumor.
What's the treatment for spinal cord tumor? - The goal of treatment for spinal cord tumor is to reduce or prevent nerve damage from compression of the spinal cord.
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