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What is amylordosis? Is this life threatening? The doctor took a biopsy from the hip area

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
40 years experience in Internal Medicine
Amyloidosis : Amyloidosis is a condition where amyloid proteins build up in the organs. These build ups can cause damage to many organs including kidney, heart, spleen, gall bladder, liver etc. Amyloidosis complications can be life threatening depending on the organ that has been affected. For example, build up can cause severe damage to the filtration system of the kidneys which can lead to kidney failure (a life threatning medical condition).Another example is if the protein build ups target the cardiac tissue in the heart, decreasing the hears ability to pump effectively, leading to cardiac failure. There is no cure for amyloidosis. Your doctor can place you on a treatment regimen that is meant to decrease the signs and symptoms of amyloidosis and slow the production of these proteins by way of medicine. There are also some procedures that can be done, if applicable.
Answered on Oct 26, 2018

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