Extramedullary plasmacytoma presenting as a mediastinal mass / Mediastende kitle ile beliren ilik disi (ekstrameduller) plazmositom.
Article Type: Clinical report
Subject: Multiple myeloma (Diagnosis)
Lymphomas (Diagnosis)
Authors: Shukla, Arpana
Bansal, Vivek
Bhutani, Ritu
Kumar, Gaurav
Sharma, Jai
Solanki, Surinder
Mehta, Anurag
Pub Date: 09/01/2011
Publication: Name: Turkish Journal of Hematology Publisher: Aves Yayincilik Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Aves Yayincilik ISSN: 1300-7777
Issue: Date: Sept, 2011 Source Volume: 28 Source Issue: 3
Accession Number: 305562375
Full Text: Abstract

Extramedullary plasmacytoma (EMP) is a plasma cell neoplasm without bone marrow involvement or other systemic characteristics of multiple myeloma. Few large-scale clinical studies have been conducted because of the rarity of EMP, especially when it arises from the mediastinum. Herein we report a rare case of solitary mediastinal plasmacytoma with reactive pleural effusion. A 58-year-old female presented with grade 4 dyspnea and dysphagia, with a mediastinal mass observed with on PET. CT-guided biopsy results were suggestive of IgG kappa-type EMP arising from the anterior mediastinum. The patient was treated with local radiotherapy to the mediastinum, and had clinical and radiological response s were good. Radiotherapy is an effective treatment for mediastinal EMP, but a complete workup is mandatory, including PET, as the majority of such masses coexist with multiple myeloma. (Turk J Hematol 2011; 28: 228-31)

Key words: Extramedullary, plasmacytoma, mediastinal, radiotherapy

Received: August 26,2010

Accepted: January 12,2011


Ekstrameduller plazmasitom (EMP) kemik iligi tutulumu veya multipl miyelomun diger sistemik ozelliklerinin bulunmadigi bir plazma hucre neoplazisidir. Ozellikle mediasten kokenli EMP seyrek goruldugunden buyuk olcekli klinik calisma sayisi oldukca azdir. Burada reaktif plevra sivisi ile birlikte mediastende plazmasitomun gorulduku nadir bir olgu bildirilmektedir. Derece 4 dispne ve disfajiden yakman 58 yaseindaki bir kadinda PET incelemesi mediasten kitlesini ortaya cikarmistir. CT-yonlendirmeli biyopsi bulgulart on mediastenden kaynaklanan IgG kappa-tip EMP tansini koydurmustur. Mediastene lokal radyoterapi uygulanarak iyi klinik ve radyolojik yanit elde edilminir. Radyoterapi mediasten kokenli EMP icin etkin bir tedavi olmakla birlikte. bu kitlelerin buyuk bir bolumu multipl miyelomla birlikte gelistiginden PET'i de iceren tam bir klinik calisma yapmak zorunludur. (Turk J Hematol 2011; 28: 228-31)

Anahtar kelimeler: Ekstrameduller plazmasitom, plazmasitom, mediastinal, radyoterapi

Gelis tarihi: 26 Agustos 2010

Kabul tarihi: 12 Ocak 2011


Extramedullary plasmacytoma (EMP) is a plasma cell neoplasm involving soft tissues without any signs of systemic spread. It occurs in <5% of cases and mediastinal presentation is. a rare presentation Herein we report a rare case of solitary mediastinal plasmacytoma and a review of the literature.

Case presentation

A 58-year-old female presented with upper chest swelling associated with grade 4 dyspnea and difficulty swallowing. Physical examination showed a 4 x 3-cm supraclavicular mass with diffuse borders and a 5 x 5-cm infraclavicular bulge fixed to underlying structures. Her breathing sounds were slightly coarse, without rales or rhonchi on auscultation. She was treated in the intensive care unit due to her inability to maintain oxygen saturation. PET CT showed an anterior mediastinal mass (10.3 x 8.2 cm) extending up to the left supraclavicular region (Figure 1). The mass was abutting the major mediastinal vessels, overlying the manubrium sterni and chest wall, and was associated with bilateral pleural effusion. Cranial, spinal, and pelvic X-ray showed that there weren't any osteolytic regions. Light microscopic examination showed scattered oval cells with eccentric nuclei and abundant eosinophilic cytoplasm suggestive of plasmacytoma. The plasma cells stained positive with LCA, CD138, and reduced kappa light-chain concentrations (Figure 2). Bone marrow biopsy results showed normal patterns of cell distribution. Pleural fluid cytological examination showed lymphocytes and reactive mesothelial cells. Serum calcium was normal and urine was negative for Bence Jones proteins. Serum electrophoresis showed an M spike in the gamma globulin (IgG kappa) region with a value of 3.07 g/dL. Based on these findings, the patient was diagnosed as mediastinal plasmacytoma. The patient received 3-dimensional conformal external beam radiotherapy (3D-CRT) to the mediastinum (46.2 Gy in 26 fractions). Gross target volume GTV was contoured under FDG-PET guidance with margins based on our institutional protocol. The treatment was planned using a PLATO 2.7.7 system and was administered under imaging guidance. Clinical improvement was evident after 2 weeks of treatment, as the patients was weaned from oxygen, and able to walk and swallow liquids, and at the end of the treatment an excellent radiological response was noted. At the time this report was written, the patient was receiving adjuvant chemotherapy. We had taken a written informed consent from the patient. We have ethical committee approval.




EMP is a soft tissue plasma cell tumor occurring in the absence of systemic signs of multiple myeloma, such as a bone osteolytic lesion, plasma cell infiltration in bone marrow, a lytic bone lesion, and serum or urine myeloma proteins (1) . A historical review (2) of 700 patients showed that there was head and neck involvement in 80%-90%, especially in the aerodigestive tract. Case reports of involvement of the liver, pancreas, lungs, skin, and thyroid gland do exist. It is most unusual for this tumor to present in the mediastinum as a primary solitary lesion. To date, only 12 cases of EMP involving the mediastinum have been reported in the English language literature, mean age at presentation was 55 years. Presentation (Table 1) included a mediastinum mass associated with intralobar effusion (3), pulmonary nodules (4), multiple myeloma (5), (6), and mimicking hemangioma (7), however, the presented case is unusual, as it involved a solitary anterior mediastinal mass that presented with grade 4 dyspnea, and responded quickly during the course of treatment. The plasmacytoma in the presented case was aggressive, which was evident by increased contrast uptake observed with PET, in contrast to the lack of increased uptake in indolent plasmacytoma. The presented case also highlights the clinical usefulness of PET/CT in imaging plasmacytomas, as suggested by Masood et al. (5). Pathologically proven pleural effusion is an occasional finding in patients with multiple myeloma, which occurs in approximately 6% of patients (8). The cause of pleural effusion in the presented case was not clear and as it was reactive, lymphatic drainage obstruction caused by the mediastinal mass might have been responsible.

Plasma cell neoplasms are relatively sensitive to radiotherapy; however, a review of the literature by Alexiou et al. (2) reported that combined therapy (surgery and radiotherapy) results in better overall and recurrence-free survival (p=0.027). Nonetheless, these results span the greater part of a century (1905-1997) and radiotherapy techniques have changed during that time. Currently, radiotherapy is the treatment of choice for solitary plasmacytoma and the dose of 40-50 Gy (depending on tumor size) is delivered over 4-6 weeks. It is associated with a <5% risk of local recurrence and most carefully staged patients with solitary EMP can be cured (9, 10). There is no published evidence for the role of adjuvant chemotherapy in the treatment of solitary extramedullary plasmacytoma Tsang et al. (11) and Holland et al. (12) suggest that tumours >5 cm are associated with a high risk of failure, which was a rationale for proposing chemotherapy to the presented patient.

Though 5% of patients have coexistent multiple myeloma (11), our literature review suggests 30% involvement in mediastinal EMP. This indicates that plasmacytoma involving the mediastinum provides an early hint to the diagnosis of occult multiple myeloma and should be included in the differential diagnosis of mediastinal masses. Thusly, after the diagnosis of plasmacytoma, aggressive investigation for multiple myeloma is vital, as such patients can be candidates for adjuvant chemotherapy.

Conflict of interest statement

The authors of this paper have no conflicts of interest, including specific financial interests, relationships, and/or affiliations relevant to the subject matter or materials included.


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Arpana Shukla, Vivek Barisal, Ritu Bhutani, Gaurav Kumar, Jai Sharma, Surinder Solanki, Anurag Mehta

Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre, Department of Radiation Oncology, Sector V, Rohini, Delhi, India

Address for Correspondence: M.D. Ritu Bhutani, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre, Department of Radiation Oncology, Sector V, Rohini 110085 Delhi, India Phone: 91-11-47022222 E-mail: bhutaniritu@gmail.com

doi: 10.5152/tjh.2011.59
Table 1. Published reports of mediastinal mass years.

Serial no  Author          Presentation     Treatment     Follow-up

1          Divis and Siki  Anterior         Resection     Alive at 3
           (1928)          mediastinum                    months

2          Bross (1931)    Posterior        Resection     Necropsy
                           mediastinum                    report

3          Snapper         Mediastinum and  Radiotherapy  Necropsy
           (1953)          lung with MM                   report

4          Niwal (1987)    Superior         -             -

5          Miyazaki        Anterior         No treatment  Alive at 2
           (1992)          mediastinurn                   years

6          Moran (1995)    Anterior         Chemotherapy  6 months 2
                           mediastinum      Surgery       years
                           Posterior                      (developed
                           mediastinum                    multiple

7          Ahmed (2000)    Posterior        Surgery       Nor
                           mediastinum                    available

8          Nandekar        Middle           Chemotherapy  Alive at 2
           (2000)          mediastinum                    years
                           hemangioma with

9          Yamacuchi       Anterior         Radiotherapy  Alive
           (2005)          mediastinum

10         Lee (2005)      Posterior        Radiotherapy  Alive at 6
                           mediastinum                    months

11         Ashiq (2008)    Posterior        Chemotherapy  Not
                           mediastinum                    available
                           with MM

12         Hyemin (2010)   Anterior         Chemotherapy  Not
                           mediastinum +                  available
                           pleural nodules
                           + pleural
                           effusions with
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