What is an extradural spinal lesion?
Extradural lesions are located outside of the surrounding dural sac; they are often related to lesions of the intervertebral disc or the spinal column. Intradural lesions occur within the dural sac and are further classified as either intradural intramedullary or intradural extramedullary lesions.
What is a Extradural mass?
Tumors located outside the dura mater are called extradural. All extradural tumors are outside the spinal cord. These tumors most often arise in the vertebrae (that is, they arise in the bones). Tumors of the vertebrae are known as vertebral column tumors.
Do benign spinal tumors cause pain?
A benign tumor can often cause pain and discomfort because it pushes on the spinal cord or nerves. These tumors may cause back pain.
What causes a mass on the spine?
The cause of primary spinal tumors is unknown. Some primary spinal tumors occur with certain inherited gene mutations. As a tumor grows, it can affect blood vessels, vertebrae of the spine, the meninges, nerve roots and spinal cord cells. The tumor also may press on the spinal cord or nerve roots, causing damage.
How quickly do spinal tumors grow?
Tumors that have spread to the spine from another site often progress quickly. Primary tumors often progress slowly over weeks to years. Tumors in the spinal cord usually cause symptoms, sometimes over large portions of the body. Tumors outside the spinal cord may grow for a long time before causing nerve damage.
Can a spinal tumor be benign?
Benign. A benign tumor is not cancerous and will not spread to other parts of the body. Examples of spinal tumors that are usually benign include neurofibromas, schwannomas, meningiomas, ependymomas, astrocytomas, hemangioblastomas, osteosarcomas, and osteoid osteomas.
What does a tumor in the spine feel like?
Difficulty walking, sometimes leading to falls. Back pain that’s worse at night. Loss of sensation or muscle weakness, especially in your arms or legs. Muscle weakness , which may be mild or severe, in different parts of your body.
What are symptoms of tumor on spine?
Vertebral tumor signs and symptoms may include:
- Pain at the site of the tumor due to tumor growth.
- Back pain, often radiating to other parts of your body.
- Back pain that’s worse at night.
- Loss of sensation or muscle weakness, especially in your arms or legs.
- Difficulty walking, sometimes leading to falls.