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A Patient’s Guide to Spinal Tumors

Spinal Tumor

Introduction

Spinal Tumor

A tumor is an abnormal growth of tissue. There are several types of tumors that can develop in or near the spine. There are many types of spinal tumors. They can involve the spinal cord, nerve roots, and/or the vertebrae (bones of the spine) and pelvis.

There are two classifications […]

Multiple Myeloma

Basics Description The most common of the plasma cell dyscrasias (usually with a monoclonal gammopathy) affecting the hematopoietic, musculoskeletal, and renal systems. Classification (plasma cell dyscrasias): Solitary myeloma Multiple myeloma Osteosclerotic myeloma Synonyms: Myeloma; Plasmacytoma Epidemiology Rare in patients <40 years old The Male:Female ratio is ~2:1. The peak age is the 6th decade […]

Hip Replacement

Basics Description Many forms of arthritis lead to destruction of the articular cartilage of the hip joint, resulting in pain and loss of function. End-stage arthritis can be treated with surgical replacement of the joint. Elderly patients may have a greater risk of cardiac complications and more associated medical problems than younger patients. Patients […]

Hip Arthritis

Basics Description Hip arthritis is caused by loss of the articular cartilage of the acetabulum and proximal femur. As the cartilage is lost, the subchondral bone of the proximal femur and the acetabulum rub, causing pain with ambulation, loss of motion, and disability. General Prevention Low-impact exercise (swimming, biking, walking) Activity modification Weight loss […]