Spinal Cord Compression Syndrome

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


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.


Brain Metastasis Herpes Zoster Radiat Oncol Biol Phys Spinal Cord Compression Vertebral Body Collapse 
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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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