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Doctor insights on: Are There Different Forms Of Amyloidosis

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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Amyloidosis (Definition)

Amyloid is an abnormal protein made by the body. When amyloid is deposited onto normal tissue such as skin, joints, liver, or heart, the condition is known as amyloidosis. Symptoms vary depending on the part ...Read more


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How does someone get amyloidosis?

Multiple ways: People with chronic inflammatory conditions, e.g., chronic osteomyelitis, crohn's disease; patients with multiple myeloma; some with hereditary disorders can develop amyloidosis. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/amyloidosis/basics/definition/CON-20024354 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is amyloidosis?

Protein deposition: Amyloidosis refers to the deposition of a type of protein into certain organs. There are different subtypes of amyloid proteins depending on the cause. Amyloidosis can be of hereditary, infectious, inflammatory and neoplastic types. ...Read more

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Is it possible to treat amyloidosis?

Primary amyloidosis: It depends on the type of amyloidosis. Primary systemic amyloidosis can be treated with chemotherapy. Secondary amyloidosis requires treating the inciting cause. Genetic variations may have some therapies such as transplant. Please ask your question with more details. ...Read more

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Does amyloidosis have a particular cause?

Yes and no: Amyloidosis is the deposition of fibrils of proteins that have been produced by a variety of causes. The causes can be infectious inflammatory or neoplastic. So each case of amyloidosis has its underlying cause, but different cases of amyloidosis can be caused by different underlying processes that produce these circulating proteins. ...Read more

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