[Skip to Content]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
[Skip to Content Landing]
January 23, 1978

Multiple Myeloma in a Young Person

Author Affiliations

The Buffalo General Hospital Buffalo, NY

JAMA. 1978;239(4):295-296. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280310027011

To the Editor. —  Cases of multiple myeloma in young people are very rare.1-3 In some of the cases reported, there were no hallmarks of myelomas, and, in fact, there were more benign plasmacytic tumors.3 We present a case of a man who showed all the characteristic features of multiple myeloma and had a short clinical course.

Report of a Case.—  A 25-year-old man was admitted to the hospital for management of chronic renal failure. Four months previously he had complained of increasing weakness, back pain, and weight loss. One month prior to this hospitalization he was admitted to another hospital where hemodialysis was begun. At his last admission he had bradycardia (55 beats per minute), paralysis of the left side of the face, generalized peripheral lymphadenopathy, a palpable tip of the spleen, and a slightly enlarged liver. The hemoglobin level was 5.6 g/dl, and the ESR was