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Hyperviscosity syndrome in a patient with underlying Waldenström's Macroglobulinaemia

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Eloise Newbold MBChB (Hons), Anton Borg MD, FRCP, FRCPath
Foundation Years Journal, volume 5, issue 7, p.23 (123Doc Education, London, August 2011)


This case based discussion focuses on a 79 year old male with hyperviscosity syndrome found to have an underlying Waldenström's Macroglobulinaemia. This case explores the presentation, investigations and treatment of hyperviscosity syndrome.

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Eloise Newbold MBChB (Hons)

Foundation Year 1 Doctor

Anton Borg MD, FRCP, FRCPath

Consultant Haematologist


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