Which imaging studies are indicated in the workup of Waldenström macroglobulinemia?

Updated: Feb 01, 2021
  • Author: Karen Seiter, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Imaging studies used in the evaluation of Waldenström macroglobulinemia include the following [26] :

  • Chest radiographs - These should be obtained to evaluate for pulmonary infiltrates, nodules or effusion, and congestive heart failure

  • Computed tomography (CT) scans - Images of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis may show evidence of adenopathy, hepatosplenomegaly, or both

  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - This is usually not needed for clinical management; however, MRI of the spine shows findings of bone marrow involvement in 90% of patients


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