Progression of a solitary plasmacytoma to multiple myeloma. A population-based registry of the northern Netherlands: E. G. M de Waal et al

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Plasmacytoma is characterized by a local accumulation of monoclonal plasma cells without criteria for multiple myeloma (MM). The current treatment regimen is local radiotherapy. However, more than 50% of patients develop MM within 2 years after treatment. A population-based registry was consulted for the diagnosis of solitary plasmacytoma between 1988 and 2011. Progression to MM and prognostic features for progression to MM were scored, including hypoxia inducible factors (HIF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF, also termed VEGFA) and micro-vessel density (MVD) expression in biopsy material. A total of 76 patients were included, 34% having extramedullary plasmacytoma (EMP) while 66% had a solitary plasmacytoma of the bone (SBP). Median follow-up was 89 months, (7–293 months). In Seventy per cent of SBP patients developed MM with a median time to progression of 19 months (5–293). Three patients (12%) with EMP developed MM. High expression of VEGF and HIF-2α (also termed EPAS1) was demonstrated in conjunction with an increased MVD in 66% of the patients. No association could be shown between angiogenesis parameters and progression to MM. In conclusion, this population-based study demonstrates that SBP patients have a higher risk of developing MM following local radiotherapy, indicating that this group might benefit from added systemic chemotherapy.

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