A spinal cord tumor is a disease caused by the growth of abnormal cells in or around the spinal cord. Such tumors can cause pain, loss of function, and other neurological problems by pressing on the spinal cord, which is an important part of the nervous system. Spinal cord tumors can be seen in all age groups and their effects may vary from person to person. In this article we have written for you, we will try to give information about the causes, symptoms, and types of spinal cord tumors.
What Causes Spinal Cord Tumours?
The exact cause of spinal cord tumors is not yet known. However, it is thought that some factors may increase the risk of developing such tumors. These include genetic factors, radiation exposure, problems with the immune system, and some genetic diseases such as neurofibromatosis. In addition, some spinal cord tumors can spread (metastasize) from other types of cancer. This indicates that most spinal cord tumors are secondary tumors.
What Are The Symptoms Of Spinal Cord Tumors?
Symptoms of spinal cord tumors may vary depending on the size, location, and growth rate of the tumor. In general, the following symptoms can be seen;
- Back, neck, or lower back pain,
- Neurological problems,
- Difficulty walking,
- Bladder and bowel control problems,
- Weakness and reduced mobility in the legs.
What Are The Types of Spinal Cord Tumours?
Spinal cord tumors are divided into two main categories: benign (benign) and malignant (malignant). In addition, tumors can be classified according to their location within or around the spinal cord.
- Intramedullary tumors are tumors located within the spinal cord tissue. Tumors such as astrocytoma and ependymoma fall into this category.
- Extramedullary tumors are tumors located outside the spinal cord but within the spinal canal. Meningioma, schwannoma, and metastatic tumors fall into this category.
Early diagnosis is important for the diagnosis and treatment of spinal cord tumors. When symptoms are detected, it is of great importance to consult a neurologist to perform the necessary examinations and apply appropriate treatment methods.
How Is A Spinal Cord Tumor Diagnosed?
Spinal cord tumors are the growth of abnormal cells that develop in the spinal cord and spinal bones. These tumors can affect the central nervous system, causing pain, loss of sensitivity, and difficulty in movement. Diagnosis of spinal cord tumors usually starts with the patient’s complaints and symptoms. The following steps are followed for a correct diagnosis;
The doctor performs a physical and neurological examination to assess the general health status of the patient and to examine neurological symptoms. During this examination, factors such as reflexes, muscle strength, sensitivity, and coordination are evaluated.
The most commonly used imaging method for the diagnosis of spinal cord tumors is MRI. MRI creates detailed images of the spinal cord and spinal bones, showing the size, location and spread of the tumor. If necessary, it is possible to see the distinction between the tumor and surrounding tissues more clearly by using a contrast agent.
The CT scan provides detailed images of the bones of the spine and shows the effect of the tumor on the bone structures. It can be used in addition to MRI.
The spinal fluid can be examined to detect the presence of tumor cells. During this procedure, the doctor takes a sample of spinal fluid from the lumbar region with a fine needle and sends it for laboratory analysis.
A biopsy may be performed to determine whether the tumor is benign (benign) or malignant (malignant). During a biopsy, a small tissue sample is taken from the tumor and examined under a microscope.
What Are The Treatment Methods for Spinal Cord Tumours?
Treatment of spinal cord tumors varies depending on the type, size, location, and general health status of the patient. Treatment options are as follows;
Physiotherapy and rehabilitation,
Diagnosis and treatment of spinal cord tumors requires a multidisciplinary approach. Doctors must determine the appropriate treatment methods to improve patients’ quality of life and minimize the effects of the tumor.
Spinal Cord Tumour Treatment Prices in Turkey
Turkey has managed to announce its name to the world with its investments and studies in the field of health. Especially the latest technological devices used in diagnosis and treatment procedures have been a beacon of hope for many diseases. However, there has been an increase in health tourism in Türkiye.
- Hospitals are large, clean, spacious and fully equipped in terms of technological equipment.
- Turkish doctors are specialized, successful, and skilled in their fields.
- Nurses and carers are friendly and compassionate.
- Finding answers to the questions asked quickly and accurately.
- Patience and understanding of all staff, including the intermediary company dealing with the patient.
- Turkey offers holiday opportunities with its natural and historical beauties.
- Easy transportation.
- Diagnosis, treatment, accommodation, eating, drinking, dressing, and holiday needs can be met at affordable prices.
Such situations are shown among the reasons for preference. We can see that patients and relatives of patients who want to come to Turkey are doing research on Spinal Cord Tumour Treatment Prices in Turkey. However, it would not be right to give clear price information at this stage. Many factors such as the type of disease, stage, diagnosis process, treatment process, and stay in Türkiye affect the price issue. If you want to get more detailed price information, you can contact us. In addition, if you come to Turkey for treatment through us, we can facilitate your visa application process with the invitation letter sent by us to the consulate.
Prof.Dr. Ergün Dağlıoğlu (Eğitim Görevlisi), Beyin Cerrahı, Beyin Ve Sinir Cerrahisi
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