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WHO Classification of Tumours
Plasma cell myeloma
Tumours of haematopoietic and lymphoid tissues


Plasma cell myeloma is a BM-based, multi­focal plasma cell neoplasm associated with an M-protein in serum and/or urine. In most cases there is disseminated BM involvement. The disease spans a clinical spectrum from asymptomatic to aggressive forms and disorders due to deposition of abnormal immunoglobulin chains in tissues
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Malpas J, Bergsagel D, Kyle R, Anderson K (Eds.)
Myeloma: Biology and Management
3rd Edition
Saumders: Philadelphia 2004

. The diagnosis is based on a combination of pathological, radiological and clinical features (Table 10.05).

> Variants
Three variants of plasma cell myeloma have been identified:
Asymptomatic (smoldering) myeloma
Non-secretory myeloma
Plasma cell leukaemia

> Related Topics
Definition: Plasma cell neoplasms
Introduction: Classification of lymphoid neoplasms