What are the symptoms of spinal cord compression in multiple myeloma (MM)?

Updated: Sep 30, 2019
  • Author: Dhaval Shah, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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The symptoms that should alert physicians to consider spinal cord compression are back pain, weakness, numbness, or dysesthesias in the extremities. Because spinal cord compressions in MM occur at multiple levels, comprehensive evaluation of the spine is warranted. Patients who are ambulatory at the start of therapy have the best likelihood of preserving function and avoiding paralysis.


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