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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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Amyloidosis (Overview)

An abnormal protein made by the body. Symptoms vary depending on the part of the body affected.


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What are the symptoms of amyloidosis?

What are the symptoms of amyloidosis?

Many possible: It depends on what organ (s) are involved but can include fatigue, shortness of breath, leg swelling, diarrhea, weight loss, numbness, heart rhythm problems, liver dysfunction and gastrointestinal bleeding.

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
541 Doctors shared insights

Amyloidosis (Overview)

An abnormal protein made by the body. Symptoms vary depending on the part of the body affected.


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What are the tests for amyloidosis?

What are the tests for amyloidosis?

Biopsy: Clinical suspicion and biopsy of the suspected organs, followed by examination of the tissue by a pathologist is usually needed to establish a diagnosis of amyloidosis.

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What are the common treatments for amyloidosis?

What are the common treatments for amyloidosis?

Depends on the type: There are different types of amyloidosis that require different types of therapy. There are genetic, inflammatory/infectious and neoplastic (cancer) types cuases of amyloidosis. The treatment is very different depending on the type. If you ask the question again with the type of amyloid we can be more specific.

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I am busy with my work and family and don't have time for amyloidosis. How can I treat it fast?

No fast Rx: Amyloidosis is a serious illness that is not to be taken lightly. It is not something a person can treat oneself for. First the cause of the disease needs to be established the treatment tailored to the underlying cause. Delaying treatment may shorten the amount of time you have for work and family. Consult your doctor immediately!

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What are the symptoms of amyloidosis?

Many possible: It depends on what organ (s) are involved but can include fatigue, shortness of breath, leg swelling, diarrhea, weight loss, numbness, heart rhythm problems, liver dysfunction and gastrointestinal bleeding.

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What are the signs of amyloidosis?

What are the signs of amyloidosis?

Variable: Black eyes, vascular fraility, kidney damage, breathing difficulty, neurologic damage, airway damage. There are a variety of patterns.

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Can blood tests diagnose amyloidosis?

Can blood tests diagnose amyloidosis?

No: Amyloidosis is diagnosed by tissue biopsy such as a rectal biopsy wherein the amyloid in the tissue is detected by the congo red stain. It is the accumulation of particular misfolded proteins in the space between cells (extracellular matrix) that distinguishes amyloidosis. There are many types of amyloid proteins than can cause amyloidosis.

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What is the diagnostic test for amyloidosis?

What is the diagnostic test for amyloidosis?

Specific test?: First: clinical. Second:confirmation and detection of monoclonal gammopathy on serum protein electrophoresis, with microscopic examination of abdominal fat, rectal or gingival biopsies looking for amyloid protein

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What are the tests for amyloidosis?

Biopsy: Clinical suspicion and biopsy of the suspected organs, followed by examination of the tissue by a pathologist is usually needed to establish a diagnosis of amyloidosis.

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3 months ago I had a TSH range of. 87 now its. 32 (barely under low range) I've noticed signs of amyloidosis;i know its rare could the two be related?

Not likely: As I stated in answer to another message from you. Please discuss the matter with your doctor. You are not likely to have amyoidosis.

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

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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Can amyloidosis be treatable?

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Can amyloidosis be treatable?

Amyloidosis: Although no cure, symptoms can be treated with chemotherapeutic agents such as cytoxan, (cyclophosphamide) steroids such as dexamethasone, peripheral blood stem cell transplantation, liver transplantation, & treating the underlying conditions that might have caused it.

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What are the common treatments for amyloidosis?

Depends on the type: There are different types of amyloidosis that require different types of therapy. There are genetic, inflammatory/infectious and neoplastic (cancer) types cuases of amyloidosis. The treatment is very different depending on the type. If you ask the question again with the type of amyloid we can be more specific.

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What is a cure for macular amyloidosis?

No scratching: Try using topical corticosteroids or topical capsacin cream to the area where you have macular amyloidosis.

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What is the best way to get rid of the dark skin caused by lichen amyloidosis?

What is the best way to get rid of the dark skin caused by lichen amyloidosis?

Difficult: Topical steroids and bleaching cream helps. Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options.

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