Table 1

Characteristics of 206 patients with bone plasmacytoma

Number of patients

Percentage


Staging Work-up

Bone-marrow assessment

206

100

Standard X-rays

167

82

Computer tomography

135

67

Serum immunoglobulins

120

58

Immunosubtraction

131

64

MRI

76

37

Bone scintigraphy

60

29

Site of lesion

Vertebrae

102

50

Pelvis

26

12

Ribs

18

9

Upper extremities

16

8

Maxillary bone

13

6

Skull

11

5

Lower extremities

10

5

Sternum

10

5

Surgical intervention

Biopsy

137

67

Partial resection

66

32

Complete resection

3

1

Treatment

RT alone

169

82

CT+RT

32

16

Surgery alone (+CT in one)

5

2


MRI: magnetic resonance imaging, RT: radiation therapy, CT: chemotherapy.

Knobel et al. BMC Cancer 2006 6:118   doi:10.1186/1471-2407-6-118

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