Malignant Spinal Cord Compression
Malignant spinal cord compression is a common complication of cancer. It is defined as the compression of the dural sac and its contents (spinal cord and cauda equina) by direct pressure and/or induction of vertebral collapse or instability by metastatic spread or direct extension of malignancy that threatens or causes neurological disability.
It is an oncological emergency which can have a substantial negative effect on quality of life – causing pain, paralysis, sensory losses and sphincter disturbances.
The above is an extract from our Malignant Spinal Cord Compression guideline.
Malignant Spinal Cord Compression guideline