What are Intradural Spinal Tumors?
Intradural spinal tumors are found within the dura of the spine. The dura is a thick membrane, or sac like structure, that surrounds the spinal cord. There are two types of intradural spinal tumors:
- The intradural intramedullary tumors are found inside the dura within the spinal cord. Commonly, these tumors are lower grade and benign.
- The intradural extramedullary tumors are located inside the dura sac but outside the spinal cord. Two types of intradural extramedullary tumors are common. Meningiomas, which attach to the dura and nerve sheath tumors affect cells insulated nerve fibers outside the spinal cord. Nerve sheath tumors are frequently either Schwannomas or neurofibromas and are frequently benign but can cause problems if they are large enough to create pressure on the spinal structures.
As a neurosurgeon, Dr. Braxton offers both conservative and surgical treatments to patients with intradural spinal tumors.