Tumors of the spine are relatively rare. They may involve the spinal column, the spinal cord and nerves or sometimes both. When tumors are pushing on the spinal cord resulting in pain and weakness, surgery may be indicated. Surgery will generally involve removing the tumor from the nerves and fusing the spine in certain situations.
The two pictures above show a spinal tumor (yellow arrows) originating from one of the spinal nerves. This tumor was pushing on the patients nerves that control the strength and sensation to both legs. The patient underwent successful surgery.