What does it mean if you have a lesion on your spine?
Lesion is a general term for tissue that has been injured, destroyed, or otherwise has a problem. Spinal lesions affect the nervous tissue of the spine. They may be due to: Cancerous or noncancerous tumors.
How are spinal lesions treated?
The treatment regimen for spinal metastasis is generally palliative and consists of a combination of medical therapy (steroids, pain medication, and chemotherapy), radiation therapy, and surgery.
How can you tell if a spinal lesion is cancerous?
Some common signs of spinal tumors may include:
- Pain (back and/or neck pain, arm and/or leg pain)
- Muscle weakness or numbness in the arms or legs.
- Difficulty walking.
- General loss of sensation.
- Difficulty with urination (incontinence)
- Change in bowel habits (retention)
- Paralysis to varying degrees.
- Spinal deformities.
Can spinal lesions be removed?
MRI and thus microsurgical techniques allow us to reach and remove spinal tumors by unilateral approach. In the surgery of the spinal lesions our goal was to obtain adequate exposure of the lesion, to remove the lesion totally without injury to the spinal cord and nerve roots, and to preserve spinal column stability.
What percentage of spinal lesions are cancerous?
Overall, the chance that a person will develop a malignant tumor of the brain or spinal cord in his or her lifetime is less than 1%.
Do spinal cord lesions heal?
The body may never fully repair the damage, which can lead to scarring . Damaged areas, called lesions, can occur in parts of the brain and spinal column. Some people with MS have a stable condition, others experience symptoms that worsen rapidly, and still others have symptoms that resolve spontaneously.
Can spinal lesions be benign?
Spinal tumors can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Primary tumors originate in the spine or spinal cord, and metastatic or secondary tumors result from cancer spreading from another site to the spine.
Is a lesion a tumor?
A bone lesion is considered a bone tumor if the abnormal area has cells that divide and multiply at higher-than-normal rates to create a mass in the bone. The term “tumor” does not indicate whether an abnormal growth is malignant (cancerous) or benign, as both benign and malignant lesions can form tumors in the bone.
How fast do spinal tumors grow?
Tumors that have spread to the spine from another site often progress quickly. Primary tumors often progress slowly over weeks to years. Tumors in the spinal cord usually cause symptoms, sometimes over large portions of the body. Tumors outside the spinal cord may grow for a long time before causing nerve damage.