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Are spinal cord tumors life-threatening?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Spinal cord tumors can be life-threatening if they are not treated, even if they aren't cancerous. Compression of the spinal cord can cause paralysis and, in some cases, death if breathing problems result. Nerves can be injured permanently, causing disability, which is a probable long-term consequence of spinal cord tumors.

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