April 23, 2024 1:56 pm
A sudden paralysis struck the 19-year-old boy

A 19-year-old man in Phu Tho was experiencing leg pain, but he decided not to see a doctor. After two weeks, his condition worsened, resulting in paralysis of both legs and the loss of movement and feeling.

Dr. Vi Truong Son, head of the Surgery Department at Phu Tho General Hospital, explained that an MRI scan showed an epidural tumor pressing on the patient’s spinal cord, leading to paralysis. The surgery removed the tumor and decompressed the spinal cord, with no lasting effects for the patient. The tumor was identified as a benign schwannoma.

After the surgery, the patient’s legs began to regain feeling and movement. With a combination of rehabilitation exercises and physical therapy, he is expected to recover the ability to walk normally soon.

Spinal cord tumors are typically benign, but as they grow, they can compress the spinal cord and nerves, resulting in limb weakness. It is essential to seek medical attention if experiencing symptoms such as back pain, limb weakness or numbness in the limbs to prevent serious consequences. Timely examination and treatment are crucial in managing conditions like these.

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