Pain due to epidural tumor in cancer patients. Report of two cases and differential diagnosis

A. Caraceni, C. Martini, E. Zecca, F. De Conno, R. K. Portenoy

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Abstract

The cases of two patients with inguinal pain as the only symptom of a T12 metastatic lesion is reported. The patterns of pain referrals from tumor lesions to the spine, epidural space, and spinal cord are reviewed. Focal back pain and pain reported in a distal distribution can both be associated with epidural or cord disease. The differential diagnosis of back pain in patients with cancer can be difficult but may be crucial in differentiating important neurological complications of systemic neoplasms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-307
Number of pages5
JournalNeurological Sciences
Volume18
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1997

Keywords

  • Back pain
  • Cancer
  • Epidural spinal cord compression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Dermatology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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