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Advanced Practice Nursing Issues

Discovering Multiple Myeloma Early in Ambulatory Patients With Chest Pain

Chao Guanqun
Fang Lizheng
Zang Guoyao
Colleen M. O'Leary
CJON 2013, 17(2), 205-207 DOI: 10.1188/13.CJON.205-207

Multiple myeloma (MM) is a systemic malignancy of plasma cells often characterized by sternal, rib, or back pain. This article describes how a patient who had chest pain for more than one month was mistakenly diagnosed with reflux esophagitis. Healthcare providers should be mindful of MM when determining the source of unidentified chest pain in patients.

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