Case-Based Review

Management of Plasma Cell Disorders


The plasma cell disorders are a spectrum of conditions that include asymptomatic precursor conditions—monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) and smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM)—as well as symptomatic multiple myeloma (MM) and solitary plasmacytoma. Other plasma cell disorders include immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis and POEMS syndrome, which are characterized by a unique set of end-organ manifestations. There are other related plasma cell and B-cell proliferations, such as light chain deposition disease and cryoglobulinemia, that are beyond the scope of this review but are relevant to the hematologist/oncologist and have been reviewed in detail elsewhere.

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