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Spinal Tumors

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Spinal tumors are malignant (cancerous) or benign (noncancerous) growths on or near the spine. They usually cause painful or uncomfortable symptoms and can result in damage to the nerves, even when successfully treated. The spinal cord houses some to of the most important nerves in the body, so it’s important to treat this condition as soon as symptoms appear. In fact, early detection can be the difference in successful treatment. Florida Hospital provides patients with the most advanced screening and diagnostic technology available for earlier detection. We are dedicated to providing minimally invasive procedures when possible, and our experts work together to treat the whole patient—mind, body and spirit. Schedule your screening appointment at Florida Hospital today.

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Whether benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous), spinal tumors can cause serious complications with how the body functions. These tumors are found on or near the spinal cord, putting pressure on the nerves. Even benign spinal tumors that are successfully treated may cause permanent nerve damage.

A tumor is a mass of cells that grows uncontrollably. Spinal tumors can originate in the spine (primary) or spread from other place in the body (secondary) such as the breast, prostate or lung. The severity of the tumor and the doctor’s ability to treat it successfully depends on the size of the tumor and the kind of tumor.

These are the different types of spinal tumors:

  • Intramedullary – tumors inside the spinal cord
  • Intradural-extramedullary - tumors in the membranes (meninges) covering the spinal cord
  • Extradural – spinal tumors between the meninges and bones of the spine

The majority of spinal tumors are extradural. Both benign and malignant spinal tumors can affect these body structures:

  • Blood vessels
  • Bones of the spine
  • Meninges
  • Nerve roots
  • Spinal cord cells

It’s important for a patient to seek screening and tests for spinal tumors if he or she experiences symptoms. Once diagnosed, doctors at Florida Hospital work with the patient to determine the best treatment plan for his or her individual needs and overall health. Our specialists recommend minimally invasive procedures when possible and use the most advanced technology to care for our patients. 

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