Cutaneous plasmacytomas in myeloma. Relationship to tumor cell burden

David S Alberts, P. Lynch

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Solitary cutaneous plasmacytomas may occur as benign tumors that are confined to the skin, whereas multiple lesions are generally associated with systemic plasma cell disease. Cutaneous plasmacytomas developed in 2 patients with documented multiple myeloma; this development occurred late in the course of their disease at a time when their systemic plasma cell tumor burden was large: approximately 3 kg in mass, which represented 2 to 3 x 1012 cells. The occurrence of cutaneous plasmacytomas in patients with multiple myeloma is generally late in the course of the disease and should be considered as a bad prognostic sign.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1784-1787
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Dermatology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1978


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  • Dermatology

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