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Question: Which tumors most commonly cause spinal cord compression?


The most common tumors causing cord compression are lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, carcinoma of unknown primary, lymphoma, and multiple myeloma. The most common site of cord compression is the thoracic spine, followed by the lumbosacral spine and the cervical spine.

Reference:  Holland JF, Frei E, et al (eds): Cancer Medicine, 6th ed. New York, BC Decker, 2003.

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