Author(s): Alshati MH, Kumar R, Kannan S
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Abstract Multiple myeloma, a disorder commonly encountered in elderly patients, represents a malignant proliferation of plasma cells that primarily affects bone marrow. Pleural effusion as the presenting manifestation of the disease is uncommon. The authors report a case of multiple myeloma with unusual features presenting at a relatively young age with massive spontaneous hemothorax and multiple thoracic masses completely obscuring rib shadow on plain chest imaging. The patient demonstrated a good response to melphalan chemotherapy without recurrence of effusion or the need for additional chemical or surgical pleural interventions.
This article was published in Can Respir J
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Respiratory Diseases and Care