A spinal tumor is a cancerous or
non-cancerous growth within or near
the spinal cord or in the bones of the
spine. The physical mass of the growth
can impinge on nerves in the spinal
region causing pain, neurological problems
and even paralysis, in extreme cases.
Diagnosis is done on the basis
of medical history and physical examination
followed by MRI, CT , milligram, positron
emission tomography (PET scans) and
nuclear medicine bone scans A biopsy
will be done to determine if the growth
is malignant and will also help in staging
the cancer if the tumour is malignant.
Surgery is a good option in
• Tumors that can be removed
with a minimal risk of nerve damage.
• Intramedullary and intradural-extramedullary
• Benign tumors in the vertebrae
Recovery from surgery depends on
the nature and extent of surgery. In
most cases, hospital stay would be in
the range of 7-12 days, with recuperation
over several weeks.