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Spinal cord compression: an oncologic emergency associated with metastatic cancer: evaluation and management for the home health clinician.

Authors
  • Lowey, Susan E
Type
Published Article
Journal
Home healthcare nurse
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2006
Volume
24
Issue
7
Identifiers
PMID: 16936522
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Spinal cord compression is an oncologic emergency that needs to be identified, evaluated, and treated promptly for favorable patient outcomes. Although there are nonmalignant types of spinal cord compression, this article focuses on patients presenting with metastatic cancer. Home care clinicians should be knowledgeable with current assessment strategies aimed at recognizing this potentially debilitating condition. Using an assessment tool could assist clinicians with early detection of spinal cord compression, which could improve the overall quality of life.

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