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Spinal Tumors

Screening and Tests for Spinal Tumors

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. 

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