JOSEPH KAPLAN, M.D.
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To the editor: In a recent paper (Ann Intern Med 84: 441-443, 1975) He well and Alexanian presented three cases of multiple myeloma in young persons, claiming that before their report "no well-documented patients with myeloma have been described under the age of 30."
In fact, there is a well-documented case of childhood multiple myeloma in the recent literature. Maeda and associates (1) described a 13-year-old girl with subcutaneous breast tumors whose bone marrow revealed more than 90% immature plasma cells. These abnormal cells were identical to those seen in the biopsy of subcutaneous tissue. In addition, a monoclonal IgA
KAPLAN J. Multiple Myeloma in Young Persons. Ann Intern Med. 1976;85:133. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-85-1-133_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;85(1):133.
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