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Vol 1, No 2 (2002): Polish Palliative Medicine
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Published online: 2002-06-04
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Spinal cord compression as an emergency in oncology

Roman Makarewicz, Agnieszka Żyromska
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2002;1(2):67-70.

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Vol 1, No 2 (2002): Polish Palliative Medicine
Artykuły poglądowe
Published online: 2002-06-04

Abstract

Spinal cord compression (SCC) is the most frequent neurological complication of systemic cancer. Early diagnosis and treatment are the most important factors influencing on prognosis. Diagnostics should be performed immediately when the history and neurological examination suggest SCC. The modality of choice is magnetic resonance imaging which is also extremely useful in treatment planning. The management of SCC should be undertaken promptly and individualized according to patient’s specific circumstances. Corticosteroids, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery are the conventional treatment methods.

Abstract

Spinal cord compression (SCC) is the most frequent neurological complication of systemic cancer. Early diagnosis and treatment are the most important factors influencing on prognosis. Diagnostics should be performed immediately when the history and neurological examination suggest SCC. The modality of choice is magnetic resonance imaging which is also extremely useful in treatment planning. The management of SCC should be undertaken promptly and individualized according to patient’s specific circumstances. Corticosteroids, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery are the conventional treatment methods.
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Keywords

spinal cord compression; magnetic resonance imaging; corticosteroids; radiotherapy

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Title

Spinal cord compression as an emergency in oncology

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 1, No 2 (2002): Polish Palliative Medicine

Pages

67-70

Published online

2002-06-04

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2002;1(2):67-70.

Keywords

spinal cord compression
magnetic resonance imaging
corticosteroids
radiotherapy

Authors

Roman Makarewicz
Agnieszka Żyromska

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