Serum free light chain analysis in multiple myeloma and plasma cell dyscrasias

Guner Hayri Ozsan, Angela Dispenzieri
Expert Review of Clinical Immunology 2011, 7 (1): 65-73
After the development of a reliable method to detect free light chains in serum, several investigations have been conducted to explore their importance in plasma cell dyscrasias (PCD). Detection of monoclonal proteins is very important in the diagnosis and management of PCD, which include a broad spectrum of diseases such as multiple myeloma and also benign, premalignant disorders like monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance. The aim of this article is to summarize the recent studies and to highlight the importance of free light chain analysis in the diagnosis of PCD, its prognostic value and role in the management of this group of diseases.

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