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Spinal Tumors and Lesions

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Spinal cord tumors, or abnormal growths of tissue found in or near the spinal cord, put pressure on sensitive tissues, causing chronic pain and discomfort and impairment of normal daily functioning.

Spinal tumor symptoms can also differ depending on the location of the growth. If left untreated, spinal tumors may cause severe spinal deformities or paralysis.

The experts at UPMC strive to diagnose spinal cord tumors before they cause severe or permanent damage. Depending on the location and type of tumor or lesion, various signs and symptoms can develop, especially as a tumor grows and presses on nerves, blood vessels, or bones within the spine.

Our experts have the experience and expertise to treat every type of spinal cord tumor and lesion, including:

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