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Intramedullary Spinal Cord Tumors

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  Intramedullary Spinal Cord Tumors

Credits: 1.00   Post-Assessment Questions:  5

Release Date: 5 Oct 2020
Expiration Date: 13 Oct 2021
Last Reviewed: 13 Oct 2020
Estimated Time To Finish: 60 Minutes

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Activity Description

Tumors in the spine comprise about 15 percent of all central nervous system tumors. They usually are benign and cause symptoms primarily via compression of the spinal cord and nerves. Spinal tumors can be classified into three groups, based on their locations: extradural, intradural-extramedullary, and intramedullary. Extradural tumors are most common, are commonly metastatic, and occupy the vertebrae body or structures outside the dura. Intradural extramedullary tumors are the second most common and come from the leptomeninges or nerve roots. These tumors are located inside the dura, but external to the spinal cord, as exemplified by meningiomas or neurofibromas. The least common are intramedullary spinal cord tumors (IMSCT), which represent 2 to 5 percent of spinal tumors and arise from the spinal cord itself, leading to invasion and destruction of the gray and white matter. Ependymomas and astrocytomas are the most commonly encountered intramedullary spinal cord tumors, followed by hemangioblastomas. Other entities include lipomas, germ cell tumors, gangliogliomas, germinomas, lymphomas, and metastases. This activity reviews the causes and presentation of spinal cord tumors and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in their management.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the etiology of intramedullary spinal cord tumors.
  • Describe the presentation of a patient with an intramedullary spinal cord tumor.
  • List the treatment and management options available for intramedullary spinal cord tumors.

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Authors: Joe M Das
Editors: Fassil Mesfin
Editors-In-Chief: Adrian SpitzerBenjamin Matta
Chief Medical Reviewer: Joe M Das
Nurse Planner/Reviewer/Editor: Lisa Haddad
Pharmacy Planner/Reviewer/Editor: Mark Pellegrini
Physician Planner/Reviewer/Editor: Scott Dulebohn

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, and StatPearls, LLC. The Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 

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  3. Complete the entire self-study activity.
  4. Complete the post-test assessments.
  5. Successfully pass the post-test with a minimum score of 100%.
  6. Complete the evaluation form.
  7. Obtain a certificate.

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