Matthew F. Plevak

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BACKGROUND A monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) occurs in up to 2 percent of persons 50 years of age or older. Reliable predictors of progression have not been identified, and information on prognosis is limited. METHODS We identified 1384 patients residing in southeastern Minnesota in whom MGUS was diagnosed at the Mayo Clinic from(More)
We hypothesized that the presence of monoclonal free kappa or lambda immunoglobulin light chains in monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), as detected by the serum free light chain (FLC) assay increases the risk of progression to malignancy. Of 1384 patients with MGUS from Southeastern Minnesota seen at the Mayo Clinic from 1960 to 1994,(More)
BACKGROUND Smoldering (asymptomatic) multiple myeloma is an asymptomatic plasma-cell proliferative disorder associated with a high risk of progression to symptomatic multiple myeloma or amyloidosis. Prognostic factors for the progression and outcome of this disease are unclear. METHODS We searched a computerized database and reviewed the medical records(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the relative diagnostic contribution of urine assays as part of the screening algorithm for monoclonal gammopathies. PATIENTS AND METHODS We identified 428 patients with a monoclonal gammopathy and monoclonal urinary protein at initial diagnosis of plasma cell dyscrasia who had also undergone serum immunofixation and serum free(More)
A larger premorbid brain is hypothesized to provide neuronal reserve against AD. Using MRI data from ongoing studies of normal aging and AD, the authors tested this hypothesis. Mean total intracranial volume was 15.8 cm(3) smaller for cases among women (n = 121 normal and 104 AD; p = 0.24) and 10.1 cm(3) larger for cases among men (n = 63 normal and 62 AD;(More)
PURPOSE To determine whether bone marrow (BM) angiogenesis progressively increases along the spectrum of plasma cell disorders ranging from monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) to advanced myeloma. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Four hundred patients with the following disorders were studied: MGUS (76 patients); smoldering (indolent;(More)
Little effort has been made to quantitate adverse outcomes of monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) of the immunoglobulin M (IgM) class, which progresses to lymphoma or Waldenström macroglobulinemia, whereas IgA and IgG MGUS progress to multiple myeloma, primary amyloidosis (AL), or a related plasma cell disorder. From 1960 to 1994, IgM(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the long-term outcome of patients with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS). PATIENTS AND METHODS We reviewed the medical records of 241 patients with MGUS who were examined at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn, between January 1, 1956, and December 31, 1970. RESULTS Follow-up was 3579 person-years (median,(More)
The liver is a common site of amyloid deposition in primary systemic amyloidosis. We reviewed the clinical features and natural history of patients with primary systemic amyloidosis and biopsy-proven hepatic involvement who were evaluated at Mayo Clinic from January 1, 1975, to December 31, 1997. The median age of the study group (68 men; 30 women) was 58.5(More)
We hypothesized that the presence of monoclonal free light chains (FLC) in the serum of patients with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) is a marker of clonal evolution and a risk factor for progression. Forty-seven patients with MGUS and documented progression to myeloma or related malignancy were compared with 50 age- and(More)