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What are the symptoms of spinal cord tumors?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Noncancerous spinal cord tumors that start in the spinal tissue can grow very slowly, and symptoms may progress slowly as a tumor causes pressure on the spinal cord. Cancerous tumors may grow quickly. The most common symptom is back pain, which often is worse at night or may worsen over time. Other symptoms include numbness or muscle weakness, incontinence, and trouble walking. You may even experience paralysis.

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