Metastatic spinal cord compression: diagnosis and management.

@article{AlQurainy2016MetastaticSC,
  title={Metastatic spinal cord compression: diagnosis and management.},
  author={Rasha Al-Qurainy and Emily Collis},
  journal={BMJ},
  year={2016},
  volume={353},
  pages={i2539}
}
Between five and 10 in every 200 patients with terminal cancer will have metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) within their last two years of life. It is an oncological emergency. 2 MSCC is caused by compression of the dural sac and its contents (spinal cord or cauda equina) by an extradural or intradural mass, and it leads to irreversible neurological damage such as paraplegia or tetraplegia depending on the level of the lesion. Extradural masses are the more common, and their causes and… CONTINUE READING
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