Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance, Waldenström macroglobulinemia, AL amyloidosis, and related plasma cell disorders: Diagnosis and treatment

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The spectrum of plasma cell disorders is broad. Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance and smoldering multiple myeloma are asymptomatic disorders characterized by monoclonal plasma cell proliferation in the bone marrow in the absence of end-organ damage. Waldenström macroglobulinemia typically involves an ontogenically less mature lymphoplasmacytic bone marrow cell and is characterized by secretion of a monoclonal IgM protein. Solitary plasmacytoma is the only known potentially curable plasma cell disorder. Finally, AL (Immunoglobulin light chain) amyloidosis and POEMS (polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, monoclonal gammopathy, and skin changes) syndrome are disorders characterized by low tumor burden but profound multisystemic disease. Updated diagnostic criteria for these disorders, risk stratification models to determine prognosis, and the current management of these diverse entities are discussed in this review.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)693-703
Number of pages11
JournalMayo Clinic proceedings
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2006


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