Unlike other tumors in the body, screening and tests for spinal tumors may include a neurological examination. The spinal cord is an important part of the neurological system in the body and any pressure on the nerves can affect the way the body works.
A neurological diagnostic test for spinal tumors may even help determine where the tumor is located along the spine. This is what a doctor may look for during a neurological exam:
- Reflexes that are abnormal
- Increased muscle tone
- Inability or reduced ability to feel pain and temperature sensations
- Weakness in the muscles
- Spine tenderness
Once a neurological screening for spinal tumors is completed, the doctor may request these tests to confirm the tumor:
- Cerebrospinal fluid Exam (CSF)
- Cytology of CSF (studying the cells specifically)
- Myelogram (type of x-ray exam)
- Spinal CT
- Spine MRI
- Spine x-ray
- Hormone tests
If you experience any symptoms of spinal tumors, Florida Hospital recommends you seek medical diagnosis as soon as possible.