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Medicine (Baltimore). 1980 Jul;59(4):311-22.

Plasma cell dyscrasia with polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, M protein, and skin changes: the POEMS syndrome. Report on two cases and a review of the literature.


Two patients with plasma cell dyscrasias, manifested by osteosclerotic bone lesions and small amounts of M protein, and a complicating multi-system disorder are described. Their features of severe sensory-motor polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrine dysfunction, anasarca, elevated CSF protein, and skin hyperpigmentation are similar to a clinical syndrome reported primarily in Japanese men. Two previously unrecognized findings--hyperprolactinemia and an unusual radiographic abnormality of fluffy, spiculated bony proliferation--may facilitate recognition of the syndrome. The relationship of these various manifestations to the plasma cell dyscrasia is unknown, but a number of possibilities are discussed.

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