Early recognition of spinal cord compression in cancer patients
Maurie Markman, MD
Chairman, Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center; Chairman, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Cleveland Clinic; Associate Editor, Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
Address: Maurie Markman, MD, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195
Spinal cord compression is a relatively common complication of a number of malignant diseases. Back pain is the presenting symptom in more than 90% of cases. Early recognition and prompt treatment, while the patient can still walk, are the most important factors in preventing permanent and debilitating neurologic dysfunction.