The full content of Annals is available to subscribers

Subscribe/Learn More  >
Original Research |

Resolution of Primary Amyloidosis During Chemotherapy: Studies in a Patient with Nephrotic Syndrome

[+] Article, Author, and Disclosure Information

A preliminary report was published as an abstract in Clinical Research 20:512, 1972.

▸Requests for reprints should be addressed to Harvey Jay Cohen, M.D., Hematology Division, Veterans Administration Hospital, Durham, NC 27705.

Durham, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and Madison, Wisconsin

Ann Intern Med. 1975;82(4):466-473. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-82-4-466
Text Size: A A A

A patient with primary amyloidosis with evidence for a plasma cell dyscrasia but no abnormal immunoglobulin components had nephrotic syndrome with severe renal impairment. Kidney and bone marrow had extensive amyloid infiltration. She was treated with penicillamine, melphalan, prednisone, and fluoxymesterone; through 6 months renal function gradually improved; urine protein excretion dropped dramatically, serum albumin rose; liver size decreased; the bone marrow returned towards normal. During the next 4½ years melphalan, prednisone, and fluoxymesterone treatment was continued with further improvement in renal function to normal levels. The morphologic characteristics and cellular relations of the amyloid fibrils in the bone marrow were studied before, during, and after successful chemotherapy; the findings are evidence for a dual role for the reticuloendothelial cell in the formation and destruction of primary amyloidosis. This patient's response suggests that a multi-agent chemotherapy approach should be further studied.





Citing articles are presented as examples only. In non-demo SCM6 implementation, integration with CrossRef’s "Cited By" API will populate this tab (http://www.crossref.org/citedby.html).


Submit a Comment/Letter
Submit a Comment/Letter

Summary for Patients

Clinical Slide Sets

Terms of Use

The In the Clinic® slide sets are owned and copyrighted by the American College of Physicians (ACP). All text, graphics, trademarks, and other intellectual property incorporated into the slide sets remain the sole and exclusive property of the ACP. The slide sets may be used only by the person who downloads or purchases them and only for the purpose of presenting them during not-for-profit educational activities. Users may incorporate the entire slide set or selected individual slides into their own teaching presentations but may not alter the content of the slides in any way or remove the ACP copyright notice. Users may make print copies for use as hand-outs for the audience the user is personally addressing but may not otherwise reproduce or distribute the slides by any means or media, including but not limited to sending them as e-mail attachments, posting them on Internet or Intranet sites, publishing them in meeting proceedings, or making them available for sale or distribution in any unauthorized form, without the express written permission of the ACP. Unauthorized use of the In the Clinic slide sets will constitute copyright infringement.


Buy Now for $42.00

to gain full access to the content and tools.

Want to Subscribe?

Learn more about subscription options

Related Articles
Journal Club
Topic Collections
PubMed Articles
Forgot your password?
Enter your username and email address. We'll send you a reminder to the email address on record.