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Somatoform disorders (somatic symptom disorder) is a mental disorder where the child experiences recurrent symptoms such as pain and fear with no apparent reason for their existence. The symptoms usually begin in adolescence and the condition is difficult to diagnose.

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Spasmodic dysphonia is a rare, chronic neurological disorder that causes spasms in the vocal chords, interrupting the ability to create sound. Symptoms may start slowly, with the voice sounding tight with breaks when speaking. Symptoms develop over time until speech is difficult to understand. The cause of the spasms is generally thought to be an abnormality in the central nervous system.

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Spinal fractures can vary widely in severity. While some fractures are very serious injuries that require emergency treatment, other fractures can be the result of bones weakened by osteoporosis. Most spinal fractures occur in the thoracic (mid-back) and lumbar spine (lower back) or at the connection of the two (the “thoracolumbar junction”). Fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine may result from high-energy trauma, such as: a car or motorcycle crash; a fall from height; a sports accident; or a violent act, such as a gunshot wound. Many times, these patients have additional serious injuries that require rapid treatment, and, their spinal cord may also be injured depending on the severity of their fracture. Spinal fractures may also be caused by bone insufficiency. For example, people with osteoporosis, tumors, or other underlying conditions that weaken the bone can fracture a vertebra even during low-impact activities such as reaching or twisting. These fractures may develop unnoticed over a period of time, with no symptoms or discomfort until a bone breaks. Treatment depends on the severity of the fracture and whether the patient has other associated injuries.

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Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spaces in the spine, putting pressure on nerves. Most often, the neck and/or lower back are affected, causing numbness, weakness and cramping in the arms, hands, legs and feet. Sometimes there are no symptoms, but often symptoms appear over time and progress with age.

The following departments see patients with Spinal Stenosis:

Spine Tumor

A spinal cord tumor is an abnormal mass of cells that grows either inside the spinal canal or on the bones of the spine. There are many types of spinal tumors, which can be benign (not cancerous) or malignant (cancerous), and either can cause permanent disability, pain, and neurological issues.

The following departments see patients with Spine Tumor(s):