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How do spinal cord tumors affect the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

The spinal cord is part of the body's central nervous system, which transmits information from the brain to the rest of the body. When a spinal cord tumor presses on the spinal cord and the surrounding nerves, this communication is disrupted and causes symptoms. These may include numbness, weakness, paralysis, difficulty walking, erectile dysfunction, and incontinence, in addition to back pain.

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