Spinal Cord Tumours

The spinal cord tumours are abnormal cell masses which may grow in between the protective sheaths or over the surface of the sheath covering the spinal cord. Although the reason for their formation is not fully known the genetic factors are observed to be effective.

The most important symptom is the increasing or deteriorating back pain as a result of the pressure at the spinal cord due to the growing tumour. And the other symptoms are generally hypokinesis, tingling or feeling of cold at the body; growing muscle weakness in any one of the arms or legs; loss of control of the intestine or bladder.

The treatment is usually removal of the tumour from the spinal cord. But it may not be possible to remove some tumour without harming the spinal cord. In this case, in order to delay more growth of the tumour, Radiation Therapy is applied.