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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 145-150
Renal Failure in Multiple Myeloma "The Myeloma Kidney":State of the Art

1 Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik V, Universitšt Heidelberg, Hospitalstr. 3, 69115, Heidelberg, Germany
2 Sektion Nephrologie, Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik I, Universtitšt Heidelberg, Bergheimer Str. 58, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany

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Hartmut Goldschmidt
Medizinische Klinik und Poliklinik V, Universitšt Heidelberg, Hospitalstr. 3, 69115 Heidelberg
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Renal failure is present in about 20% of patients with multiple myeloma (MM) at diagnosis. Renal function impairment is usually caused by the so-called "myeloma kidney" and is associated with shortened survival in patients treated with conventional therapy. Renal failure is reversible in up to 50% of patients, particularly when its degree is moderate and it is related to precipitating factors such as hypercalcemia. In our experience, approximately 10% of newly diagnosed patients with MM have renal failure severe enough to require dialysis. Despite its frequency, there are few reports dealing with MM and renal failure.

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