What is a Spinal Cord Tumour ?

The spine is not a single location. It is made of different types of tissues that span the entire length of your back and into your neck and pelvis. A tumor can form in almost every type of tissue.

  • Cerebrospinal fluid analysis to look for tumor cells
  • Radiological imaging studies to identify the location and appearance of the tumor.
  • CT scan, which is sometimes used to better visualize the bone structures
  • Biopsy from the actual tumor to provide a precise classification.

signs and symptoms include:

  • Loss of sensation or muscle weakness in the legs, arms or chest
  • Stiff neck or back
  • Pain and/or neurologic symptoms (such as tingling) increase with Valsalva maneuver
  • Difficulty walking, which may cause falls
  • Decreased sensitivity to pain, heat and cold
  • Loss of bowel or bladder function

Regions of your spine

  • Cervical : Neck area.
  • Thoracic: Upper- to mid-back.
  • Lumbar: Lower back.
  • Sacrum: Bottom of your spine.