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Systemic amyloidosis AL with temporal artery involvement revealing lymphoplasmacytic malignancy in a man presenting as polymyalgia rheumatica.
  1. P Lafforgue,
  2. E Senbel,
  3. D Figarella-Branger,
  4. J Boucraut,
  5. N Horschowsky,
  6. J F Pellissier,
  7. P C Acquaviva
  1. Department of Rheumatology, Timone Hospital, Marseilles, France.


    A 68 year old man presented with a clinical and biological picture that suggested polymyalgia rheumatica. Temporal artery biopsy disclosed no inflammatory change but massive light chain amyloid deposits in the media. Further exploration showed a malignant lymphoplasmacytic haemopathy with a triclonal gammopathy and a muscular, rectal, and probable cardiac amyloidosis. Cryoglobulinaemia and high concentrations of soluble interleukin 2 receptor (sIL-2R) were also found. This is the fifth case with confirmed involvement of the temporal artery. The especially high sIL-2R concentration was thought to reflect the tumour mass rather than lymphocyte activation.

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