Acute respiratory distress syndrome due to pulmonary involvement by neoplastic plasma cells in multiple myeloma

Marmor, D. B.; Farber, J. L.; Gottlieb, J. E.
May 2006
Thorax;May2006, Vol. 61 Issue 5, p455
Academic Journal
Pulmonary involvement with multiple myeloma occurs infrequently and may be difficult to distinguish from more common primary lung tumours, metastatic disease, or other pleural and parenchymal abnormalities. A patient who developed acute respiratory distress syndrome CARDS) was subsequently found to have multiple myeloma with involvement of lung parenchyma by neoplastic plasma cells. Only one other report of ARDS in association with multiple myeloma was found, and there are no previous reports where the appearance of ARDS antedated a diagnosis of multiple myeloma. In patients with ARDS, parenchymal involvement from multiple myeloma should be included in the differential diagnosis.


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