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Does multiple myeloma cause blood clots?

Patients with multiple myeloma have an increased risk of developing blood clots (thrombosis). This is due to multiple factors: the disease itself, certain medications used for treatment (like thalidomide or lenalidomide) and decreased mobility. The clots can occur in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) and can travel to the lungs (pulmonary embolism), which is a severe complication. Prophylactic anticoagulation therapy might be recommended for some patients, especially when starting specific myeloma therapies.

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