Spinal Cord Compression Syndrome

  • Robert G. Parker
  • Nora A. Janjan
  • Michael T. Selch
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)

Abstract

Spinal cord compression syndrome includes tumor involvement of the spinal cord, adjacent nerve roots, or cauda equina [1, 2]. This devastating complication of cancer is diagnosed in more than 18,000–20,000 patients annually in the United States [3] and thus is second in frequency to brain metastases as the cause of cancer-related neurologic complications [4]. The frequency of spinal cord compression will increase as the treatment of cancer improves and patients survive longer [5]. For those patients with neurologic deficits and pain, the quality of life is adversely affected and the costs of care are increased.

Keywords

Toxicity Ischemia Lymphoma Oncol Dexamethasone 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert G. Parker
    • 1
  • Nora A. Janjan
    • 2
  • Michael T. Selch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiation Oncology, UCLA School of MedicineUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Radiation OncologyM.D. Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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