Features of multiple myeloma – Medicine MCQ

Which among the following statements is wrong :
A. Light chains are synthesised in slight excess normally in plasma cells
B. Qualitative assessment of M component can be done by electrophoresis
C. M components are detected in chronic myeloid leukaemia
D. In 20% myelomas, only light chains are produced

Correct answer: B

plasmacytomaPlasmacytoma – H&E Stain

  • Qualitative assessment of M component is done by immune electrophoresis.
  • Electrophoresis is used for quantitative assessment of M component.
  • M component can also be detected in other lymphoid malignancies, CML, Can breast, colon cancer , non neoplastic condition like cirrhosis, sarcoidosis, rheumatoid arthritis, myasthenia gravis.

Ref : Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th Edition, p 710-712.
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