VIRGINIA CLOUGH, M.B., M.R.C.P.; I. W. DELAMORE, PH.D., F.R.C.P.; J. A. WHITTAKER, M.D., M.R.C.P.
To the editor: Multiple myeloma is extremely rare below the age of 25 years. In a recent report (1) Hewell and Alexanian described three young men with plasmacytomas and clinically indolent disease. In contrast, we report here a young female patient with a highly malignant form of myeloma.
A 24-year-old woman presented in renal failure in April 1975. Physical findings were limited to pallor and ecchymoses. Haemoglobin level was 6.4 g/dl; leukocyte count, 21.2 X 109/litre; and erythrocyte sedimentation rate, 140 mm/h. Peripheral blood films showed a leukoerythroblastic condition, with 2% atypical plasma cells. Immunoelectrophoresis showed an IgG-lambda paraprotein (30
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CLOUGH V, DELAMORE IW, WHITTAKER JA. Multiple Myeloma in a Young Woman. Ann Intern Med. 1977;86:117–118. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-86-1-117_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;86(1):117-118.
Hematology/Oncology, Multiple Myeloma.
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