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Plasma Cell Dyscrasias 

Plasma Cell Dyscrasias
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Plasma Cell Dyscrasias
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Kevin B. Hoover

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190938178.003.0076
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date: 09 December 2021

Chapter 76 discusses plasma cell dyscrasias, which are currently incurable diseases resulting from the proliferation of plasma cells and the secretion of immunoglobulins with associated anemia and end-organ damage. These diseases are more common in men than women and more common in African Americans than whites. Multiple myeloma is the most common of the plasma cell dyscrasias. Blood and urine testing, bone marrow biopsy, and radiography are the primary tests used for diagnosis. Radiographs are the standard tools in disease staging and monitoring with advanced imaging used primarily for evaluating symptomatic patients with negative radiographs and patients in clinical trials.

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