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Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia
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Hello joanzone,
The following information would be of great help.


Waldenström macroglobulinemia is one of the malignant monoclonal gammopathies. Waldenström macroglobulinemia is a condition characterized by the presence of a high level of a macroglobulin (immunoglobulin M [IgM]), elevated serum viscosity, and the presence of a lymphoplasmacytic infiltrate in the bone marrow. Waldenström macroglobulinemia is a clonal disorder of B lymphocytes.
The clinical manifestations of this condition result from the presence of the IgM paraprotein and malignant lymphoplasmacytic cell infiltration of the bone marrow and other tissue sites. The clinical presentation of Waldenström macroglobulinemia is similar to that of multiple myeloma (MM) except that (1) organomegaly is common in Waldenström macroglobulinemia and is uncommon in multiple myeloma and (2) lytic bony disease and renal disease are uncommon in Waldenström macroglobulinemia but are common in multiple myeloma. Patients who meet criteria for Waldenström macroglobulinemia (serum IgM monoclonal protein, bone marrow lymphoplasmacytic infiltration, or both) without end-organ damage are considered to have indolent disease or smoldering Waldenström macroglobulinemia. No treatment is indicated for asymptomatic disease. Patients can be observed carefully with periodic measurement of the M component, immunoglobulin, and serum viscosity. Therapeutic intervention of Waldenström macroglobulinemia can be divided into treatment of IgM paraprotein complications and treatment of the disease per se. Current therapy available include plasmapheresis, alkylating agents, interferon alfa, purine nucleoside analogues, high-dose chemotherapy, splenectomy, rituximab (anti-CD20 antibody), thalidomide, bone marrow transplantation, and other new agents.

Refer: http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic2395.htm

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