Spine and Spinal Cord TumorsSPINAL CORD TUMORS

14 September 2018by Prof. Dr. Alper Kaya0
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Brain is the organ that controls our body. Because of our brain, our internal organs work in harmony (our heart, respiration, bowels, sexual function, kidney functions etc.). Similarly, our legs and arms do voluntary movement because of our brain. But which way does our brain reach our body? Of course, through spinal cord. All data in our brain is delivered to the target organ through spinal cord and this way the organs are controlled. So, spinal cord is one of the most sensitive and crucial organs. It has the diameter of a ring finger. Spinal cord starts from the base of the skull and reaches to lumbar spines. It runs through the spine in a bone sheath. As in every organ in the body, tumors (masses, cancer) can grow in the spinal cord. It can be seen in any age, from childhood to advanced ages. The causes of these are unknown and are thought to arise from genetic reasons. The frequency in the population is 1 to 2 in a hundred thousand people. These tumors can be within the spinal cord, between the spinal cord and its meninges, or above meninges. All three can compress the spinal cord severely and cause dangerous vital problems (dysfunction of internal organs, paralysis in arms and legs, respiratory arrest etc). So, when a spinal cord tumor is found, it must immediately be removed. There is no luxury to postpone the surgery for physical therapy or to work things out. Postponing can cause irreversible damage. Whether malignant or benign, the treatment of spinal cord injuries is definitely surgery. You can watch a video of one of our spinal cord tumor surgeries in our website.

A BENIGN TUMOR ABOVE SPINAL CORD MENINX AT THE SKULL BASE AT THE START OF SPINAL CORD

THE TUMOR IS COMPLETELY CLEARED AFTER SURGERY AND THE PATIENT IS DISCHARGED WITHOUT ANY COMPLICATIONS

A LOW GRADE TUMOR WITHIN THE SPINAL CORD THAT RUNS THROUGH ALL CERVICAL SPINES

THE TUMOR WAS COMPLETELY CLEARED (AFTER SURGERY) AND THE PATIENT WAS DISCHARGED WITHOUT ANY COMPLICATIONS

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