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Spinal Cord Tumors

There are many types of tumors which involve the substance of the spinal cord. The pathology can vary from benign (non-cancerous) to highly malignant (cancerous).

Types

The most common tumors intrinsic to the spinal cord include:

  • Ependymomas (in or near the membrane lining the spinal canal)

  • Subependymomas

  • Ganglioglimas

  • Astrocytomas (a nerve tissue tumor intermingled with tissue supporting the spine)

  • Hemangioblastomas

  • Paragangliomas

Spinal Cord Tumors - Extrinsic

Tumors that do not arise within the spinal cord, but do arise within the spinal canal and can exert pressure on the spinal cord, include:

  • Meningiomas
  • Schwannomas
  • Neurofibromas

The Spine Center at Johns Hopkins develops a personalized treatment plan to address each individual’s unique tumor.

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