Monoclonal gammopathy of unknown significance does not typically have symptoms or signs. MGUS is usually found accidently in blood work for another condition. Some people show signs of numbness.
Your hematologist at Mercy will perform a physical examination and take a history of your health and may request the following tests:
- Blood test
- Bone marrow test
- Urine tests
Causes of Monoclonal Gammopathy of Unknown Significance (MGUS)?
Monoclonal gammopahty of unknown significance (MGUS) takes place when your plasma cells (found in your bone marrow) create too much M protein. An excessive amount of M protein harms healthy cells in your bone marrow and can harm other tissues.
Other factors that may cause monoclonal gammopathy of unknown significance (MGUS) are genetics and environmental situations, like contact with certain pesticides and radiation from an atomic bomb.
Risk Factors of Monoclonal Gammopathy of Unknown Significance (MGUS)
The chances for developing monoclonal gammopathy of unknown significance (MGUS) increase with the following:
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- Being an African American
- Being in the 70 and 80 year old age range
- Having a body mass index greater then 30
- Having a family history of MGUS
- Being a female