Waldenström's macroglobulinemia is a rare, chronic form of lymphoma that affects blood plasma cells. It mainly strikes people aged 65 and over, and is most common in Caucasian men. Waldenström's is a low-grade, or indolent, lymphoma that spreads slowly and is easily controlled with therapy when diagnosed early.
In some cases, Waldenström's can exist for years without showing any symptoms, most of which are caused by thickened blood. Although it is a chronic condition, Waldenstrom's can become more aggressive or progress to lymphoma over time if not treated.
- Loss of coordination
- Vision problems
- Tendency for excessive bleeding
Having one or more of the symptoms listed above does not necessarily mean you have Waldenström’s. However, it is important to discuss any symptoms with your doctor, since they may indicate other health problems.