We report a 62-year old patient who had been treated for chronic back pain over a period of 2.5 years. Because the diagnostic procedures revealed a loss of bone substance among other nonspecific results, he was thought to suffer from osteoporosis and was treated with analgesics. The patient then developed incomplete paraplegia progressing over several days. Imaging showed compression of the sixth thoracic vertebra and also a compression of the myelon by soft tissue. Histopathologic examination revealed a kappa-light chain multiple myeloma without a detectable monoclonal immunoglobulin in the peripheral blood and no Bence-Jones proteins.
|Translated title of the contribution||Chronic back pain: Osteoporosis versus non-secretory multiple myeloma|
|Number of pages||3|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
Research Areas and Centers
- Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)