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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


spinal cord compression  listen  (SPY-nul kord kum-PREH-shun)

  Pressure on the spinal cord that may be caused by a tumor, a spinal fracture, or other conditions. Spinal cord compression may cause pain, weakness, loss of feeling, paralysis, incontinence (inability to control urine or stool), or impotence (inability to have an erection of the penis).