Intradural or primary spinal cord tumors (SCT) are rare. However, when these lesions grow, compression of the spinal cord can lead to limb dysfunction, motor or sensory loss, and possibly death. Ependymomas are believed to account for 60% of all primary neoplasms of the spinal cord and filum terminale. A vast majority of spinal cord ependymomas are benign and not considered malignant (cancer). This poster presentation will describe the presentation, physical exam findings, and imaging of patients with a spinal cord ependymoma. It will focus on the nursing implications of thorough assessment and timely intervention for a more positive outcome for the patient and family.
DeVera, Teresita BSN, RN, CNRN and Blyzniuk, Carol BSN, RN
"Spinal Cord Ependymomas,"
JHN Journal: Vol. 4
, Article 1.
Available at: http://jdc.jefferson.edu/jhnj/vol4/iss3/1