Spinal Tumor – Frisco, TX
The spine specialists at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of orthopedic conditions. They have extensive experience in treating spinal tumors and helping patients find relief from back pain as well as other discomforting symptoms.

Spinal Tumor

The spine is made up of nerves, tissues, small bones called vertebrae and connect all the parts of the body to the brain. An abnormal growth of cells in or around the spinal canal is known as Spinal Tumor. Tumor cells that develop within the spinal tissues are called primary tumor while those that invade the spinal cavity from other parts of the body are called metastatic. The growth of tumor whether malignant (cancerous) or benign (non-cancerous) damages the blood vessels, nerve roots, muscles and vertebrae in the spine. Spinal tumors may be classified into three categories based on their location.

  • Intradural-extramedullary- Tumors that affect the nerve roots and develop between the dural sheath and spinal cord
  • Intramedullary- These generally affect the neck and develop within the spinal cord
  • Extradural- Tumors that grow outside the spinal cord and are mostly metastatic

Causes Of Spinal Tumor

  • Genetic abnormalities
  • Exposure to chemicals
  • Neurofibromatosis- a genetic disorder that promotes the development of tumor in the nervous system
  • Von Hippel-Lindau Disease
  • Cancer in any other part of the body may spread to the spinal column

Symptoms Of Spinal Tumor

  • Pain in the back which tends to radiate to the body
  • Numbness
  • Reduced sensitivity to temperature (heat and cold)
  • Inability to walk or move
  • Weakness in legs and arms
  • Disruption of bladder or bowel movement
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Paralysis
  • Progressive loss of muscle strength
  • Muscle spasms or contractions
  • Drastic weight loss
  • Fever and chills

Diagnosis Of Spinal Tumor

  • The patient’s medical history and prevailing symptoms may be taken into account
  • MRI scan of the spine
  • Myelogram- An injectible dye may be used to inspect the different parts of the spinal column clearly
  • CT scan
  • Biopsy- a piece of tissue may be extracted from the spinal cord and analyzed
  • Analysis of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)
  • Spine X-rays

Treatment Of Spinal Tumor

  • Various factors such as age, stage of cancer growth, location of tumor and the present health condition of the patient are taken into consideration before deciding on the method of treatment to be adopted. It may include the following.
  • Regular monitoring may be done in case of noncancerous tumors to see if they are growing or are likely to pressurize the spinal nerves and tissues in any way
  • Surgical removal of the tumor may be performed using micro instruments which minimize the risk of additional damage to the spine
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy, which involves administering medicines to destroy as well as curb the growth of tumor cells.
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) - high dose of radiation may be specifically targeted to destroy tumor cells using computerized technology.
  • Corticosteroids may be recommended in some cases to combat inflammation which may be a consequence of surgery or radiation therapy
  • Other medications may be required in addition to the above mentioned methods of treatment
  • Physiotherapy may be recommended to enable the patient to improve strength, flexibility and restore mobility of the spine

For treatment of Spinal Tumor, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the spine specialists, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.