U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
Nepal
A 37-year-old female asked:

Is increase in plasma cell 15 percent only related to multiple myloma of other malignancies or infection also?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Craig MacArthur
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 35 years experience
Myeloma or infection: Multiple myeloma is based on all three of the following for diagnosis: 1) 10% or more monoclonal plasma cells; 2) serum or urine monoclonal protein; 3) organ dysfunction (high serum calcium, high serum creatinine, low hemoglobin, or lytic bone lesions/osteoporosis). If 2) is not present, then bone marrow needs 30% plasma cells. Plasma cells can occur with infections. See a doctor for further help
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Aug 7, 2014

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.