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A 31-year-old male asked:

If amyloid proteins are seen on an echo does that guarantee cardiac amyloidosis?

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Dr. EVAN Leibowitz
Rheumatology 25 years experience
No: Amyloid is an abnormal protein tha deposits in organs. Some types of amyloid are associated with organ dysfunction. A cardiac biopsy sent for special stains is the gold standard test for cardiac amyloid.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Amyloid: An echocardiogram can detect an increase in the echo signal in a pattern consistent with amyloid deposition. The only way to be certain if there is amyloid in the heart is to perform a cardiac biopsy.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

If amyloid proteins show up on an echo does that mean cardiac amyloidosis?

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Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
They don't show: Up on an echo bit findings may be consistent with such...Fat pad biopsy is preferred method for diagnosing amyloidosis.
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