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What are myeloma related disorders?
Dr. Paul Mellor, DECVIM

Myeloma is a type of cancer that affects plasma cells. Plasma cells are specialized lymphocytes i.e. they are part of the white blood cell group and key components of the immune system. In the healthy individual, plasma cells are responsible for making antibodies, helping to protect against disease. Plasma cells that become cancerous are known as myeloma cells and they reproduce uncontrollably. A broad spectrum of different clinical signs may develop as myeloma cells proliferate, making this a difficult and challenging disease to diagnose and treat.

Currently reported feline myeloma related disorders include:

1) Myeloma

2) Cutaneous extramedullary plasmacytoma (CEMP)

3) Non-cutaneous extramedullary plasmacytoma (NCEMP)

4) Solitary plasmacytoma of bone (SPB)

5) Waldenströms (IgM) macroglobulinaemia (WM)

6) Immunoglobulin-secreting lymphoma

7) Myeloma cell leukaemia

Table of Contents
The Veterinary Myeloma Website
Dr. Paul Mellor, DECVIM
What are myeloma related disorders
Clinical signs
Imaging Findings
Clinico-pathological Findings
Anatomical Pathology
Cytology, Histopathology
Other Images
Mis-diagnosis of MRD
Treatment and Survival
Clinical Research & Trials
MRD References
History, Acknowledgements, Links

Date Published: May 21, 2007 Paul Mellor ©

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