Spinal Tumours

Intramedullary Spinal Tumour

About This Condition

Intramedullary spinal tumours arise from the spinal cord. They are normally benign, slow-growing tumours with non-specific symptoms, although malignant transformation can occur. Types of intramedullary spinal tumours include: ependymoma, myxopapillary ependymoma, astrocytoma, hemangioblastoma. Long-standing and localised pain is the most common symptom with possible motor or sensory symptoms occurring due to spinal cord compression. Treatment is multidisciplinary and dependent on the type and location of the tumour.

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