Spinal tumors are caused when an abnormal mass of tissue that forms within the spinal cord, soft tissues of the spine or the bones of the spine called vertebrae. Spinal cord tumors can be non-cancerous or cancerous and are classified by the location of the spine that they are affecting.
Spinal tumor types include: intramedullary, intradural extramedullary , and extradural.
Symptoms associated with spinal tumors are different for each person and are related to the type and location of the tumor. Common symptoms are pain, numbness, weakness, loss of sensation, loss of bowel and bladder control, and paralysis.