Tumors of the spine are rare. They can be located in or around the vertebral column. They can arise from surrounding structures, the bone of the vertebrae itself, the dura mater (covering of the spinal cord) or the neural structures themselves (spinal cord or spinal nerves)
Tumors of the spinal cord include mostly astrocytomas and ependymomas, but also hemangioblastomas (all so-called intramedullary tumors since they are located in the spinal cord or medulla). Extramedullary tumors can arise from the dura mater but also from the (insulating layer of) the spinal nerves.
A surgical intervention is the first step in treating these tumors. Since the spinal cord and spinal nerves are such delicate structures, operating on these tumors requires meticulous technique. Monitoring of the function of the spinal cord and spinal nerves during these operations, usting a dedicated neurominitoring system, is often essential to a good postoperative outcome. Our center can offer a vast experience in treating these kinds of tumors.