In 1975, the Durie-Salmon Staging System was developed, bringing together the major clinical parameters in correlation with measured myeloma cell mass (the total number of myeloma cells in the body). The Durie-Salmon Staging System demonstrates the correlation between the amount of myeloma and the damage it has caused, such as bone disease or anemia. The following table details the stages and criteria for measuring the presence and staging multiple myeloma.
|Stage||Criteria||Measured Myeloma Cell Mass (myeloma cells in billions/m2)*|
(low cell mass)
All of the following:
Stage I nor Stage III
|600 to 1,200 billion*|
(high cell mass)
|One or more of the following:
(either A or B)
Stage 1A (low cell mass with normal renal function);
Stage IIB (high cell mass with abnormal renal function)
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Last Medical Review: August 1, 2019