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Lumbar Tumour

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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.

Symptoms

• Lower back pain - severe if manipulated or compressed and does not diminish with rest. • Weakness in the buttocks, legs and feet • Numbness or tingling in the buttocks, legs and feet • Centralised pain - pain that is specifically in one area, often worse in the mornings • Unexpected weight loss and loss of appetite • Nausea and vomiting • Fever and chills

When to see a doctor or consider surgery?

If you experience unexpected low back pain and fulfil any of our 'Red Flags' (Symptoms requiring immidiate attention) you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

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