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4514 Prognosis of Hyperviscosity Syndrome in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma in Modern-Era Therapy: A Real-Life Monocentric Study

Program: Oral and Poster Abstracts
Session: 652. Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Dyscrasias: Clinical and Epidemiological: Poster III
Hematology Disease Topics & Pathways:
Research, Clinical Research, Plasma Cell Disorders, Diseases, real-world evidence, Lymphoid Malignancies
Monday, December 12, 2022, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Pierre-Edouard Debureaux, MD1*, Stephanie Harel, MD1*, Nathalie Parquet, MD2*, Virginie Lemiale, MD3*, Virginie Siguret, PhD4*, Laurie Goubeau4*, Florence Morin, MD5*, Bruno Royer, MD1*, Wendy Cuccuini, MD, PhD6*, Dikelele Elessa, MD1*, Floriane Theves, MD1*, Anne Brignier, MD2*, Elie Azoulay, MD PhD3,7*, Bertrand Arnulf7,8* and Alexis Talbot, MD1,7*

1Immuno-Hematology, Saint Louis Hospital, Paris, France
2Therapeutic Apheresis Unit, Saint Louis Hospital, Paris, France
3ICU Unit, Saint Louis Hospital, Paris, France
4Hematology Laboratory, Lariboisière Hospital, Paris, France
5Laboratory of Immunology, Saint Louis Hospital, APHP, University of Paris, Paris, France, Paris, France
6Hematology Laboratory APHP and INSERM U944, Saint Louis Hospital, PARIS, FRA
7University of Paris Cité, Paris, France
8Department of Immuno-hematology, Hôpital Saint Louis, APHP, Paris, France


Hyperviscosity syndrome (HVS) is a rare and life-threatening complication of multiple myeloma (MM). HVS was a criterion of MM treatment in the previous international recommendation, but it was withdrawn in the IMWG 2014 guidelines. Moreover, studies about the prognosis of HVS in modern-era therapy are missing. Our objective is to describe MM patients with HVS and to evaluate its prognosis impact.


Inclusion criteria for the case were patients aged ≥18 years newly diagnosed with MM with HVS in Saint Louis Hospital, Paris, France, between 2011 and 2021. HVS diagnosis was based on presence of neurological signs and/or evaluation by ophthalmologic examination for symptoms or high spike. Two controls were selected for each case in the same period with the best fit set on age, sex, year of diagnosis, and front-line treatment. The primary outcome was overall survival.


Thirty-nine MM patients with HVS (7 severe forms and 32 ophthalmologic confirmation) were included with a median age of 59 years (IQR 51-68). The main isotype of immunoglobulin was IgG (69%, median 61 g/L), followed by IgA (28%, median 41 g/L). Translocation t(11;14), presented in 37% of the cohort (13 IgG and 1 IgA), was associated with a higher spike level than other patients (for IgG: 71 versus 59 g/L, p=0.0001). HVS clinical presentation was heterogenous: 23% asymptomatic (median spike at 60 and 44 g/L for IgG and IgA), 59% mild (epistaxis, headache, blurry vision) and 18% severe with neurological signs, respectively. Fifteen (38%) patients required ICU admission: severe HVS for 6, association with other complications for 6 and only for therapeutic plasma exchange (TPE) realization for 3. No major ischemic or bleeding was observed at diagnosis. For HVS management, in addition to myeloma therapy, TPE was performed for 35 patients (92%), which was well tolerated, and 3 patients received only steroids. One month after HVS diagnosis and care, no rebound effect of monoclonal spike was observed and 33 (84%) patients had complete clinical recovery. Three patients (8%) died, and three (16%) had an ophthalmic sequela of HVS.

All patients had at least one CRAB criterion except one who had two focal lesions on MRI. Most of the patients received bortezomib and high-dose steroids (95%) associated with an immunomodulatory drug (43%) or alkylating agents (42%). Two patients (5%) received Daratumumab. For younger patients (< 65 years), 21 patients (84%) received autologous stem cell transplantation upfront. After the exclusion of one patient with an early loss in follow-up (< 3 months), the global response rate (≥PR) was 92%. The median time to the subsequent treatment was 2.1 years (95%IC 1.4-3.4). At subsequent relapse, 6 patients (3 IgG, 2 IgA and 1 IgM) had HVS recurrence.

With a median follow-up of 5.2 years, the median OS for HVS patients was 3.6 years (95%CI 2.7-not reached). Among patients older than 65 years, the early mortality rate (< 3 months) was 21%. Presence of > 5% of blood plasma cell (HR 6.06, p=<.01), high-risk cytogenetics (HR 3, p=0.03), R-ISS3 score (HR 3.3, p=0.04), and LDH above normal level (HR 3.6, p=0.01) shortened the OS.

Compared to controls, HVS MM patients had a higher spike level at diagnosis, higher ISS3 rate, higher bone marrow plasma cells and lower fibrinogen levels (Table). HVS myeloma had dismal OS compared to controls (median: 3.6 vs. 7.7 years, p=0.01, Figure). In a multivariate analysis of pooled HVS and control patients, HVS (HR 2.7, 95%CI 1.4-5.4, p=0.004) and high-risk cytogenetics (HR 2.8, 95%CI 1.4-5.7, p=0.005) were two independent adverse factors for OS. HVS remained an independent factor for OS for myeloma with the addition of the ISS score or R-ISS score in the model.


HVS at myeloma diagnosis is a rare but urgent complication associated with high lethality in older patients. HVS was associated with high tumor burden and dismal survival, independent of principal prognosis scores in modern treatment era.

Disclosures: Brignier: OCTAPHARMA: Research Funding; SANOFI,: Research Funding; GILEAD-KITE: Research Funding; AMGEN: Research Funding; THERAKOS: Research Funding; BMS: Honoraria, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees; JANSSEN: Honoraria, Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees. Arnulf: Janssen, BMS, Takeda, Sanofi, GSK: Honoraria; Janssen, BMS, Takeda, Sanofi, GSK: Membership on an entity's Board of Directors or advisory committees; Janssen, BMS, Takeda, Sanofi, GSK: Research Funding; Janssen, BMS, Takeda, Sanofi, GSK: Consultancy.

*signifies non-member of ASH