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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is cauda equina tumor?

These are tumors arising within the lumbar spine involving the cauda equina.The cauda equina is the bundle of nerve roots located at the lower end of the spinal cord. These tumors may arise from the lumbar spine or spread from other parts of the body.

Symptoms of cauda equina tumor

  • Often have a sudden need to pass urine in the past one month

  • Frequent urination

  • Waking up at least twice a night to pass urine

Questions your doctor may ask to check for cauda equina tumor

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose cauda equina tumor

  • Do you sometimes have a sudden, strong urge to rush to the the toilet and pass urine?

  • Have you been passing urine more often?

  • Do you have problems waking up frequently to pass urine at night?

Treatment for cauda equina tumor

Treatment options involve surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

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