What is it?
There are several forms of spinal tumours; the tumours can involce the spinal cord, the nerves or the bone. Intradural or Extramedullary tumours that grow in the spinal canal but not the nerves, and Intramedullary tumours that can grow inside the spinal cord and the nerves. Tumours that invade the bone, are more likely to arise from other sites such as breast, lung and bowel cancers.
• Neck pain - severe if manipulated or compressed and does not diminish with rest. • Weakness in the neck, shuolders and/or arms • Numbness or tingling in the neck, shoulders or arms • Local pain - pain that is specifically in one area, often worse in the mornings • Unexpected weight loss and loss of appetite • Nausea and vomiting
When to see a doctor or consider surgery?
If you experience unexpected neck pain and fulfil any of our red flags in the red flag section you should consult a doctor immediately.
How is it diagnosed?
Diagnosing a spinal tumour requires a complete medical history, physical and neurological exam and also require a full radiographic study of your chest, gastrointestinal and spine as well as MRI and CT scans