Neck Pain | Cancer

Etiology

  • Hiv+→ NHL
  • Known cancer with predilection for mets to spine→ prostate, lung, breast
  • If not known previously to have cancer, then assess for symptoms suggestive of primary somewhere

Symptoms

  • Wt loss
  • Progressive, severe, unremitting pain
  • Sx related to primary

Physical Exam Findings

  • Sometimes pain on palpation, neuro deficits based on structures affected