What are the Enneking classifications for benign spinal tumors?

Updated: Nov 01, 2018
  • Author: Andrew A Sama, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey A Goldstein, MD  more...
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The Enneking classification of benign lesions applies to benign spine tumors, as follows:

  • Stage 1 - Latent
  • Stage 2 - Active
  • Stage 3 - Aggressive

Stage 1 lesions are usually asymptomatic and are discovered incidentally. Stage 2 lesions usually present with symptoms; most commonly, pain is in the area of the lesion. Stage 3 lesions are locally aggressive and can actually metastasize. [12]


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