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Doctor insights on: Lichen Amyloidosis Treatment

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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
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Amyloidosis (Definition)

An abnormal protein made by the body. Symptoms vary depending on the part ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of lichen amyloidosis?

Itchy papules: ? his is the most common form of primary localised cutaneous amyloidosis. It presents as an intensely itchy rash on the shins, thighs, feet, and forearms. Lesions consist of multiple raised spots (papules) that are scaly and red/brown in color. More common in people of chinese descent and in males 50-60 yrs of age. It may be associated with multiple endocrine disorders.

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Does lichen amyloidosis affect sexual desire? If yes, in what ways?

Lichen Amyloidosis: Lichen amyloidosis (la) is a type of primary localized cutaneous amyloidosis clinically characterized by persistent pruritic, hyperkeratotic papules commonly distributed on the shins and histopathologically characterized by amyloid deposits in the papillary dermis. Fractional laser if effective. No sexual side effects have been shown for this condition on the shins.

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How chronic is lichen amyloidosis? I have been having it on my upper back for more than 10 years now. Its itchy once a while..

Long-lasting: This may or may not remit someday. You're fortunate to have only some itching; this can be extremely uncomfortable. From my reading, topical DMSO or menthol may be helpful. Like anyone else with a chronic and difficult disease, learning more about it will be helpful. I appreciate your proactive approach writing. Good luck.

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I have been diagnosed with lichen amyloidosis without proper test conducted by a dermatologist at malaysia. Should I get 2nd opinion?

Easy to recognize: Lichen amyloidosis is very easy to recognize. Given that it is a chronic condition and can impact your quality of life, a second opinion wouldn't be a bad idea.

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Is it possible for lichen amyloidosis to be cured for good?

No: It cannot be cured but they are meds that can be extremely effective in controlling the disease.

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Is lichen amyloidosis a life killing decease?

See: If the amyloid deposits are limited to the skin the outlook in terms of mortality is good. See: http://goo. Gl/f9aws.

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If lichen amyloidosis is so rare, how could five members of my family have it?

Hereditary: It is rare but there is thought to be a familiar form of the disease that leads to the deposition of protein (amyloid) in families with the men2a gene (leading to risk for medullary thyroid carcinoma, pheochromocytoma, and hyperparathyroidism).

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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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A friend was just diagnosed with familial amyloidosis. What treatment is there? Can he live normal? Is it herditory? Is there support? Research?

Difficult to say: Amyloidosis has a lot of manifestations a lot of the stuff goes on what type of involvement he has. There are some therapies available as well as investigative trials. This is not easy because there can be many other manifestations of need to be know. The questions that you have are best answered to him by his physician.

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Macular amyloidosis confirmed by skin biopsy from the pigmented patch on lower thigh. What is the line of treatment and prognosis.? Can it spread?

Macular amyloidosis confirmed by skin biopsy from the pigmented patch on lower thigh. What is the line of treatment and prognosis.? Can it spread?

Good prognosis: Macular amyloidosis is a local proliferation on the skin usually on the trunk as you have. It never spreads too much or into the blood. The treatment may be as simple as temovate (clobetasol) ointment twice daily to local cortisone injections, local liquid nitrogen, dermabrasion or laser treatment.

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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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