Primary and Metastatic Tumors of the Spine

Abstract

Spine tumors can be broadly categorized as either primary spine tumors, which originate in the spinal elements, or metastatic tumors, which originate elsewhere in the body. As with all tumors, spine tumors can also be classified as malignant or benign. Spine tumors are relatively rare, and the related signs and symptoms are similar to those of degenerative spinal disorders. A comprehensive history and physical examination is essential to prevent a delay in diagnosis, which can have a significant effect on prognosis. Additionally, judicious use of imaging modalities and awareness of available nonsurgical treatments are necessary to achieve the best outcomes.

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