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    How do tumour growths impact spinal health?

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  • Dr Terence Tan


    Mr Terence Tan is a Melbourne-trained neurosurgeon and complex spine surgeon who specialises in the surgical and non-surgical management of brain and spine conditions. His … View Profile

    Sometimes, abnormal growth of tumour cells can occur in the vertebral bones around the spinal cord or spinal nerves. This can lead to structural instability of the spine, spinal deformity, or spinal compression resulting in weakness, and loss of function. These tumours may arise from primaries from other organs of the body or originate in the vertebral bones themselves. Less commonly, tumours can arise from aberrant cells within the spinal cord or from the spinal nerves.

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