What is the role of cytogenetic analysis of the bone marrow in the evaluation of multiple myeloma (MM)?

Updated: May 11, 2021
  • Author: Dhaval Shah, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Cytogenetic analysis of the bone marrow may contribute significant prognostic information in multiple myeloma. The most significant cytogenetic abnormality appears to be deletion of 17p13. This abnormality is associated with shorter survival, more extramedullary disease, and hypercalcemia. This locus is the site of the TP53 tumor suppressor gene. Chromosome 1 abnormalities and c-myc defects are also significant prognostic factors in multiple myeloma.

Although not as well defined as in other hematologic malignancies, such as acute leukemia, risk-adapted therapy based on cytogenetic abnormalities is at the forefront of myeloma research.

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