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Skeletal clues apparently distinguishing Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia from multiple myeloma and leukemia


Rothschild, B M; Ruhli, F; Rothschild, C (2002). Skeletal clues apparently distinguishing Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia from multiple myeloma and leukemia. American Journal of Human Biology, 14(4):532-537.

Abstract

This study was conducted to characterize macroscopically and by conventional radiography the bony lesions in a case of Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia and to compare and contrast it with those of the other major hematologic lymphoproliferative disorders, multiple myeloma and leukemia. Two varieties of lytic skeletal lesions were found in Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia. One was sharply defined, spheroid lesions with smooth borders and effaced/erased trabeculae. The second was in the form of coalescing pits (holes) with smooth, minimally remodeled edges. The appearance combined features of multiple myeloma and leukemia, but were mutually exclusive in those diseases. Spheroid lesions with effaced edges were absent in leukemia, while pits were absent in multiple myeloma. Fronts of resorption were not noted in Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia. The combination of some of the features of leukemia and myeloma appear to allow recognition of Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia.

Abstract

This study was conducted to characterize macroscopically and by conventional radiography the bony lesions in a case of Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia and to compare and contrast it with those of the other major hematologic lymphoproliferative disorders, multiple myeloma and leukemia. Two varieties of lytic skeletal lesions were found in Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia. One was sharply defined, spheroid lesions with smooth borders and effaced/erased trabeculae. The second was in the form of coalescing pits (holes) with smooth, minimally remodeled edges. The appearance combined features of multiple myeloma and leukemia, but were mutually exclusive in those diseases. Spheroid lesions with effaced edges were absent in leukemia, while pits were absent in multiple myeloma. Fronts of resorption were not noted in Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia. The combination of some of the features of leukemia and myeloma appear to allow recognition of Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Anatomy
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:July 2002
Deposited On:26 Mar 2010 06:30
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:53
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:1042-0533
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.10077
PubMed ID:12112574

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