7940 South University Blvd Suite 100
Centennial Co 80109
Phone (303) 927-6181 or (720) 515-8002
Email: GenesisSpineCenter@gmail.com
Genesis Chiropractic Spine & Sports Center      

Tumor of the Spine

General Information


  • Metastatic tumors to spine
  • Spinal metastases
  • Vertebral metastases
  • Benign tumors of spine

Who is most affected:

  • Benign < 30, malignant > 40


  • 1%-2% patients with spinal pain (LBP)


Causes and Risk Factors


  • Metastatic tumors common - lung, breast, prostatic, renal cell, colon, thyroid, lymphoma (retroperitoneal)
  • Intradural extramedullary spinal metastases (drop metastases) reported in about 1% patients with glioblastoma multiforme (CMAJ 2006 Aug 29;175(5):475)
  • Primary malignant neoplasms uncommon - vertebral bodies
    • Number 1 multiple myeloma, plasmacytoma, osteoblastoma
    • Number 2 chordoma (mid-vertebral body, destructive, rare)
  • Benign neoplasms rare - posterior vertebra - number 1 osteoid osteoma (pedicles, 15-45), eosinophilic granuloma, aneurysmal bone cyst, giant cell tumor, ependymoma (T12-L1, from arachnoid granulations, surgery curative), neurofibroma, lipoma, meningioma


  • metastasis via venous plexus (low pressure, low velocity)

Complications and Associated Conditions


  • Most osteolytic especially colon, thyroid and renal cancers
  • Breast, lung and prostate cancer metastases can be osteoblastic
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Neural Tumor

Vertebral Body Tumor