Spinal Tumors

Spinal tumor are tissue masses formed by abnormal cell growth along the spinal cord or in the spinal column. Tumors can also grow on or in between meninges. This condition can be benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).

The tumor may possibly be caused by spreading from other areas to the spine. Some severe cases of spinal tumor could cause major disabilities and can be life-threatening.

There are various types of spinal tumor symptoms depending on the location, size and type of the existing tumor. This condition can also be partake and develop other types of disorders. The most common symptoms include:

  • Back pain
  • Bowel problems
  • Bladder problems
  • Sensory changes (decrease in pain or temperature sensitivity)
  • Difficulty moving the body
  • Muscle weakness
  • Spine deformation
  • Paralysis
Spine tumor and spinal cord tumor diagnosis starts with a series of neurological tests and diagnostic imaging, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT) scan. In order to accurately classify the type of the existing tumor, doctors conduct a biopsy, where they take out and study a part of the tumor.
Burak Ozgur, MD provides non-surgical and minimally invasive spine surgery in the treatment of spinal tumors, depending on the type, size, and amount of tumors present around the spine. Spine tumor treatments may include:

  • Observation – This is only done to constantly watch minor and benign tumors that do not cause serious discomfort
  • Chemotherapy – A series of medications used to eliminate cancer cells. It can be conducted separately or together with the surgical removal of the malignant spine tumor
  • Surgical removal – This can be conducted for both malignant and benign tumors that causes severe pain and discomfort. This procedure can break up and remove tumors but also risks nerve damage.
  • Stereoactic Radiosurgery – A treatment with the use of lasers and radiation to eliminate existing tumor tissues. This method has less risks compared to surgical removal.


Burak Ozgur, MD treats spinal tumors with non-surgical or minimally invasive procedures. Request an appointment for consultation by calling (949) 383-4190 or toll free 888-64-SPINE or Contact Us ➲.