International Journal of Hematology

, Volume 109, Issue 2, pp 169–174 | Cite as

Immunoparesis in symptomatic multiple myeloma at diagnosis affects PFS with bortezomib-containing induction therapy, but not ASCT consolidation

  • Wen Gao
  • Jie Li
  • Yuan Jian
  • Guangzong Yang
  • Yin Wu
  • Yanchen Li
  • Yun Len
  • Aijun Liu
  • Ying Tian
  • Huijuan Wang
  • Huixing Zhou
  • Zhiyao Zhang
  • Wenming ChenEmail author
Original Article


In novel agent era, the impact of immunoparesis at diagnosis on outcomes in symptomatic multiple myeloma (MM) remains unclear. We reviewed medical records of 147 MM patients at Beijing Chao Yang hospital. Most patients exhibited immunoparesis at diagnosis (84%). After a median follow-up of 27 months (range 1–78 months), in the group with immunoparesis at diagnosis, there was a very significantly shorter progression-free survival (PFS) than in the group without immunoparesis (estimated PFS of not reached vs 25 months, P = 0.001). Patients with suppressed Immunoglobulins (Igs) had the tendency to have a shorter OS than patients without suppression (estimated OS of not reached vs 38 months, P = 0.06). In multivariate analysis, the negative impact of immunoparesis on PFS was confirmed. In addition, achievement of both at least VGPR and at least CR was significantly higher in patients with preserved uninvolved Igs than in those with suppression of at least one uninvolved Ig. However, the negative impact of immunoparesis on response was not confirmed in a multivariate analysis. These results suggest immunoparesis in patients with symptomatic MM at diagnosis is an independent poor prognostic factor for upfront bortezomib-containing regimen.


Symptomatic Multiple myeloma Immunoparesis Bortezomib 



The authors would like to thank for these MM patients in the study.

Author contributions

WG and JL collected and analyzed data and wrote the manuscript. YJ, GZY, YW, YCL, YL, AJL, YT, HJW, GRW, HXZ, and ZYZ contributed with treatment of patients and reviewed and approved the manuscript. WMC contributed with study design, data collection and interpretation, and manuscript writing.


This project was supported by grant and contract from Beijing Municipal Administration of Hospitals Clinical medicine Development of special funding support (code: XMLX201847).

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Hematology, Myeloma Research Center of Beijing Beijing Chao-Yang HospitalCapital Medical UniversityBeijingChina

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