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Can multiple myeloma cause brain tumors?

Direct brain tumors caused by multiple myeloma are rare. However, extramedullary plasmacytomas, which are tumors formed by myeloma cells outside the bone marrow, can occasionally develop in various parts of the body. While these tumors can potentially form in the brain or its coverings (meninges), such occurrences are infrequent. If a brain tumor is identified in a patient with myeloma, a comprehensive assessment is necessary to ascertain whether it’s related to the myeloma or arises from a different cause. Proper diagnosis ensures appropriate treatment planning.

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