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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is spinal cord intramedullary tumor?

Intramedullary tumors are rare and develop from cells inside the spinal cord. The growth rate and aggressiveness of the tumor depend on its type and behavior. Both non-cancerous and cancerous tumors can be very dangerous, so prompt medical attention is essential.

Symptoms of spinal cord intramedullary tumor

  • Difficulty in walking

  • Difficulty standing up from sitting position

  • Numbness or abnormal sensation

  • Tingling or prickling sensation of the skin

  • Weakness in arms or legs

  • Numbness of the fingers

  • Leg or foot numbness

  • Arm numbness

Questions your doctor may ask to check for spinal cord intramedullary tumor

  • Is walking difficult for you?

  • Is it hard for you to get up from a chair by yourself?

  • Do you feel any numbness or altered sensation?

  • Do you feel tingling without touching your skin?

  • Do your arms or legs feel weak?

Treatment for spinal cord intramedullary tumor

The initial treatment often involves surgical removal of the tumor. This may be followed by other treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy depending on tumor type and location.

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References

  • Wein, S., Chieng, R., Knipe, H., & et al. (2023). Intramedullary spinal tumors. Radiopaedia.org. Retrieved December 5, 2023, from https://radiopaedia.org/articles/19260

    https://radiopaedia.org/articles/intramedullary-spinal-tumours?lang=us

  • Das, J. M., Hoang, S., & Mesfin, F. B. (2023, April 24). Intramedullary spinal cord tumors. In StatPearls https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK442031/. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK/

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK442031/

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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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