Nasal plasmacytoma: a rare cause of persistent epistaxis

Rizwan Ishtiaq, Kalika Sarma, Ike Uzoaru, Waseem Khaliq

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Extramedullary plasmacytoma (EP) is a rare neoplasm characterized by monoclonal proliferation of plasma cells without features of multiple myeloma. EP constitutes 3% of all plasma cell tumors. Most of the cases of EP occur in the head and neck regions, especially in the aerodigestive tract. We present a case of recurrent epistaxis for 6 months and extensive workup revealed EP of the right nasal cavity. Primary care physicians and otolaryngologists should be aware of this very rare but a plausible cause of epistaxis and keep EP in the differential diagnosis of recurrent epistaxis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)507-510
Number of pages4
JournalPostgraduate medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 18 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Epistaxis
  • extramedullary plasmacytoma
  • nasal congestion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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