Early detection of multiple myeloma in primary care using blood tests: a case–control study in primary care

This UK based, matched case-control study examined the combined predictive value of presenting symptoms and blood tests commonly used in primary care in order to find which are useful in suggesting/excluding a diagnosis of multiple myeloma. Using data from over 2,700 cases and more than 12,000 controls, the study found that plasma viscosity (PV) and ESR were better than C-reactive protein for ruling in/out myeloma. Additionally, a combination of a normal ESR or PV and normal haemoglobin could be a simple rule-out approach for patients being tested in primary care.  Though more research is needed, these results could help doctors to shorten the diagnostic interval for this rare, fatal, cancer.

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