Spinal cord tumours

Tumours of the spine and cranial stem first develop in the tissue of the spinal cord. These are intramedullary astrocytomas and ependymomas, which are normally classified by WHO as benign, but which can also occasionally be malignant. Neuromas and neurofibromas are intra-spinal, extramedullary and assume dimensions that cause neurological symptoms due to compression of the spine. The meningiomas arising from the meninges surrounding the spinal cord are also extramedullary. Despite their dimensions, these are benign and mostly respond positively to micro-surgical treatment. Here too, modern neuro-monitoring techniques can be useful. Intramedullary metastases are relatively rare (melanomas). Metastatical intra-spinal space-demanding tumours are mostly caused by infection of the adjacent vertebral body (prostate cancer). The total or partial neurosurgical resectioning of these tumours leads to improvements in neurological function, reduces or eliminates accompanying pain and contributes to a better quality of life.

Intramedullaeres-Astrocytom

Photo: intramedullary astrocytoma (before surgery)

Intramedullaeres-Astrocytom nach OP

Photo: intramedullary astrocytoma (after surgery)

EXTRACT OF MY CORE EXPERTISE

Cranial base surgery
(acoustic, acoustic neuroma)

Brain tumours

Spinal cord tumours

Vascular
neurosurgery

Paediatric
neurosurgery

Peripheral
neurosurgery

Neurovascular
compression syndrome,
pain management

Pain Management

Degenerative
spine conditions

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My practice is in the:

Hirslanden | Klinikzentren – Klinik St. Anna

Prof. Dr. med. Sepehrnia
Schädelbasischirurgische Klinik St. Anna
Hirslanden Klinik St. Anna
Ärztehaus Lützelmatt (Trakt L)
St. Anna-Strasse 32
CH-6006 Luzern

Phone +41 (0)41 918 0000
Fax +41 (0)41 918 0001
e-mail sekr.sepehrnia@hirslanden.ch

Everything about the St. Anna Clinic you can find out here: Klinik St Anna

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