Fredrik Hellem Schjesvold
Recently updated 03.08.2015
Chief Attending Physician in hematology
Oslo University Hospital
Symptoms of multiple myeloma
The symptoms are caused by the localization of myeloma cells in bone marrow and the effect of the M-component (paraprotein).
- Symptoms of bone disease are, for example, lasting inexplicable back pain
- Reduced kidney function
- Anemia, more rarely leukopenia and thrombocytopenia
- Hypercalcemia due to osteolysis
- Repeated or lasting bacterial infections due to reduced immune system
- Symptoms which indicate compression of the spinal cord/nerveroots
- Sign of amyloidosis, for example large tongue, carpal tunnel syndrome, kidney and/or heart failure
- Prolonged elevated blood sedimentation rate as a coincidental finding.
|MRI of patient with myeloma in spine. Click to enlarge image.
||MRI of patient with destruction and collapse of vertebra. Click to enlarge image.
||X-ray of patient with pathological fracture in humerus. Click to enlarge image.
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