SPINAL TUMORS

Aim: Our aim is to evaluate patients whom operated for spinal tumor according to symptoms, pathology, level of tumor, grade of tumor and demographic data’s.Material and Method: We inspected patients whom operated for spinal tumor for the last five years retrospectively. Data collected from the patient files and radiology PACS system. Spinal tumors inspected according to symptoms, pathology, level of tumor, grade of tumor and demographic data of patients.Results: A total of 37 patients were included in this study. The mean age of the participants was 50.8 ± 15.7 years, and 54.1 % of the population were males. Most frequent complaints were weakness in legs (24.3 %), low back pain (35.1 %), arm/leg pain (35.1 %), and gait disturbance (16.2 %). Accordingly, most frequent pathological diagnoses were meningioma (29.7 %), schwannoma (27 %), and ependymomas (10.8 %); most frequent disease grade was 1 (76.7 %), and most frequent sites of localization were L2 and L3 (21.6 % each). Accordingly, only age was significantly higher in men than women (p=0,029), and remaining characteristics of patients were similar between genders (p>0.05 for all).Conclusion: Total resection of spinal tumors improve recovery of neurological deficits, reduce symptoms and give a chance for oncological treatment modalities

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