Spinal Cord Tumours – Types, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Types of Spinal Cord Tumours

Types of spinal cord tumours are identified based on region and location.

Following is a table summarising different spinal tumour types based on their location and effect.

Types of Spinal Tumours



Inside thin covering (dura) of spinal cord or Intradural-extramedullary

Arachnoid membrane, nerve roots originating from schwannomas and neurofibromas.

Causes meningiomas, neurofibroma, schwannoma, and filum ependymomas tumour that makes the spinal cord get enlarged and the neural structure delicate

Inside part of the spinal cord or intramedullary or inside glial cells

In the thoracic region, filum or bottom region of the spinal cord, cervicothoracic spinal region

Causes astrocytomas, ependymomas, or lipomas tumour

Outside the thin covering (dura) or extradural

Intervertebral foramina in the outer region of the spinal canal

Causes metastatic cancer

The cervical part of the spinal cord

Thoracic spine

Causes neurofibroma tumour causing restricted movement of head and neck leading to neurological problem and imbalance

The thoracic part of the spinal cord

Upper back and abdominal section of the spine (between cervical and lumbar part)

Causes ependymoma affecting anterior and posterior vertebrae

Lumber part of spinal cord

The lower part of the spine consisting 5 vertebrae between the ribs and pelvis

It affects neurological functions and makes spinal instability

Sacrum part of spinal cord

Between lumbar and tailbone

Causes sacral chordomas with rectal dysfunction and injury in the lower vertebral part

Signs and Symptoms of Spinal Cord Tumours

What Are the Causes of Spinal Cord Tumours?

Who Is at Risk of Spinal Tumour?

How Is a Spinal Tumour Diagnosed?

Treatment Options for Spinal Cord Tumours

What Is the Prognosis of Spinal Cord Tumour?

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