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Spinal Tumours - Introduction

Similar to other body systems, the spine and its different structures can have tumours. The word tumour originates from the Latin 'tumor' meaning swelling. The tumour may be benign or malignant.

Benign tumours are usually harmless, non growing masses and usually do not need therapy, unless they cause restriction of motion or function, and/or give a lot of pain.

Malignant tumours are usually aggressive, painful, rapidly growing masses and usually result in more tumour cells appearing in other organs such as the lungs, liver or bone. These secondary tumours are called 'metastases' and usually spread through blood circulation.

Who gets it and When/What causes this?

Spinal tumours are in general extremely rare. According to the type of tumour, different age groups can be affected. Like other bone structures, the vertebral column is most commonly involved with secondary tumours, i.e. metastasis. This is normally in older patients, rarely under the age of 55-60 years. The common primary tumours sending these implantations to the spine are breast, prostate and kidney cancers.

Primary tumours of the spine are usually painful. Most commonly diagnosed tumour in the spine is multiple myeloma. This is mainly a cancer of the bone marrow, and usually affects the vertebral column. Other primary tumours can be of the nerve structures in the spine.
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