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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is cauda equina tumor?

These are tumors that develop within and below the lumbar spine and involve the "cauda equina" which is a bundle of nerve roots located at the lower end of the spinal cord. These tumors may originate from the lumbar spine or may have spread from other parts of the body. They are diagnosed with MRIs and CT scans after patients come to the physicians with pain and sometimes limb weakness or abnormal sensations.

Symptoms of cauda equina tumor

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

  • Frequent urination

  • Numbness or tingling in the toes

  • Waking up at least twice a night to pass urine

  • Feeling down

  • Pain in the arms and/or legs

  • Needing to pass urine again, despite just passing less than 2 hours ago

Questions your doctor may ask to check for cauda equina tumor

  • Do you have sudden, strong urges to rush to the toilet to urinate?

  • Are you urinating more frequently than usual?

  • Do your toes feel numb or tingly?

  • Do you wake up frequently at night to urinate?

  • Are you feeling down lately?

Treatment for cauda equina tumor

Treatment options sometimes include surgery performed by a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon, chemotherapy or immunotherapy (depending on tumor type) given by a medical oncologist and radiotherapy (depending on location, tumor type, and prior radiation history) given by a radiation oncologist. All three specialists may play a role in managing this tumor type. .

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References

  • Tessitore E, Cabrilo I, Boex C, Schaller K. Cauda equina tumor surgery: how I do it. Acta Neurochir (Wien). 2012 Oct;154(10):1815-20. doi: 10.1007/s00701-012-1456-4. Epub 2012 Aug 25. PMID: 22922977.

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00701-012-1456-4

  • Conus and Cauda Equina Tumors - PubMed

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28722908/

  • Tumors of The Conus and Cauda Equina - Medscape

    https://emedicine.medscape.com/article/251302-overview

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Dr. Harase spent his junior and senior high school years in Finland and the U.S. After graduating from the University of Washington (Bachelor of Science, Molecular and Cellular Biology), he worked for Apple Japan Inc. before entering the University of the Ryukyus School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Okinawa Prefectural Chubu Hospital, where he received the Best Resident Award in 2016 and 2017. In 2021, he joined the Department of Cerebrovascular Medicine at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, specializing in hyperacute stroke.

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