Polycythaemia: an unusual presentation of multiple myeloma

Elaine J. Hutchison, Josephine A. Taverna, Qi Yu, Andrew M. Yeager

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In contrast to anaemia, polycythaemia is a distinctly uncommon finding in patients with multiple myeloma. We describe the presence of otherwise unexplained polycythaemia in a 57-year-old Caucasian man who was found to have IgG κ multiple myeloma. After treatment of myeloma, the polycythaemia resolved. We reviewed previous reports of polycythaemia associated with multiple myeloma and discuss potential pathophysiological mechanisms that link these 2 conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBMJ case reports
StatePublished - Sep 20 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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