Neck pain secondary to malignant disease/infection
North South North West Statewide
All referrals should comply to referral standards and include in particular:
- Presence and duration of neurological symptoms and signs including evidence of lower limb spasticity
- Work status
- Weight loss, appetite loss and lethargy
- Fever and sweats
- Treatment to date
- Previous malignant disease
- General medical condition
Investigations (only if indicated):
- Plain x-ray & CT
- FBC/CRP & ESR
- Consider calcium and phosphate, protein
- electrophoresis, immunoglobulins, PSA
- Rheumatoid serology in specific cases
- Will require MRI (Neurosurgery to arrange)
- Prior to referral is CT? negative/normal
To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Neurosurgery clinic page for the full referral process and templates.
- Contact Registrar on-call for advice
For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.
Significant Cord Compression with severe or rapidly progressive deficit
Urgent / category 1
Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.
Proceed to Emergency Department (ED). Please contact ED Medical Officer in Charge:
LGH ED – Phone: (03) 6777 6405 Fax: (03) 6777 5201
MCH ED – Phone: (03) 6478 5120 Fax: (03) 6441 5923
NWRH ED – Phone: (03) 6493 6340 Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED – Phone: (03) 6166 6100 Fax: (03) 6173 0489 - Phone the Neurosurgery Registrar on call via Switch (03) 6166 8308 and/or send to RHH DEM
Urgent cases must be discussed with the Neurosurgery Registrar on call to obtain appropriate prioritisation and a referral faxed to (03) 6173 0491
We will endeavour to see these patients within four weeks, or sooner if clinically indicated.
We will endeavour to see these patients within 12 weeks
Next available appointment