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BMJ Case Rep. 2010; 2010: bcr11.2009.2422.
Published online Apr 5, 2010. doi:  10.1136/bcr.11.2009.2422
PMCID: PMC3047522
Rare disease
An unusual case of myocardial infarction
Sally Moore,1 Neil Rabin,1 Jamie Cavanagh,2 Diane Playford,3 and Kwee Yong1
1University College London Hospital, Haematology, Department of Haematology, 1st Floor Central, London, NW1 2PJ, UK
2Barts and the London, Haematology, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, West Smithfield, London, EC1A 7BE, UK
3National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Rehabilitation, Queens Square, London, WC1N 3BG, UK
Correspondence to Sally Moore, salevemoore/at/hotmail.com
Abstract
POEMS (polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, monoclonal gammopathy, skin changes) syndrome is a rare haematological condition with a constellation of clinical features that can present to the clinician in a variety of ways. This case highlights how a seemingly uncomplicated myocardial infarction can herald the development of this rare haematological disorder. While knowledge of the pathophysiological mechanisms that underpin POEMS syndrome is developing, so too are the diagnostic and treatment strategies available to the clinician.
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