Visual problem and low back pain as initial manifestation of multiple myeloma complicating pre-existing systemic sclerosis

Mohammad Bagher Owlia, Oliver Distler, Mohammad Foratyazdi, Mojtaba Akhtari

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Some connective tissue diseases are associated with an increased risk of developing neoplastic disorders. Association of rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus with lymphoma, and of dermatomyositis with different malignancies including ovarian and lung cancer has been reported in the literature. Here, we describe a 58 years old man with systemic sclerosis (SSc) for 15 years who developed severe lumbar pain when he was admitted for intravenous infusion of prostaglandin E1 for his fingertip ulcers. He was found to have abnormal skeletal imaging. Laboratory tests including bone marrow aspiration and biopsy determined multiple myeloma causing extensive bony infiltration. The patient expired after two cycles of VAD and Bortezomide chemotherapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)S29-S31
JournalJournal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014



  • Backache
  • Diplopia
  • Ethmoid mass
  • Inward gaze
  • Multiple myeloma (MM)
  • Secondary neoplasm
  • Spinal infiltration
  • Systemic sclerosis (SSc)

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  • Medicine(all)

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