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Unusual presentation of more common disease/injury
Mesenteric amyloid deposition as the initial presentation of multiple myeloma
  1. Mehrnaz Asadi
  1. Emam Khomeini Hospital Complex, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  1. Correspondence to Mehrnaz Asadi, asadi_m{at}


Despite many recent progresses in diagnostic modalities, occasionally the initial manifestation of the diseases may be misleading. Therefore, to consider the uncommon presentations of prevalent diseases may be of help. Plasma-cell dyscrasia is one of the most well-known haematological malignancies. Clonal expansion of plasma cells results in diverse clinical findings, such as renal failure, lytic bone lesion, anaemia, hyperviscosity syndrome and so forth. However, this disease entity rarely presents with abdominal mass due to mesenteric amyloid deposition. Here we report a case of a 53-year-old Iranian woman who presented with a 4-month history of abdominal pain and fullness; she was finally found to suffer from small bowel mesenteric amyloidosis in the context of multiple myeloma.

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