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Does multiple myeloma cause high white blood cell count?

Multiple myeloma primarily involves plasma cells, a type of white blood cell, but it does not typically result in a high white blood cell count (leukocytosis). In fact, the overcrowding of bone marrow with myeloma cells can sometimes lead to a decrease in other types of white blood cells, making patients more susceptible to infections. However, certain treatments or secondary bone marrow disorders can cause an elevated white blood cell count, which would need evaluation and management.

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