benign monoclonal gammopathy

benign monoclonal gammopathy
the presence of a serum M component without signs or symptoms of multiple myeloma, Waldenstrцm macroglobulinemia, or other plasma cell neoplasms; it occurs in about 3 per cent of the population over age 70. A few patients eventually develop a malignant plasma cell dyscrasia. Called also monoclonal g. of undetermined significance.

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