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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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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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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. ...Read more

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Are there different forms of amyloidosis?

Are there different forms of amyloidosis?

Yes: There are many causes for amyloidosis depending on the type of protein responsible for the amyloid deposits. ...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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What are some of the tests for Amyloidosis?

The tests for Amyloidosis include:: B type natriuretic peptide, Biopsy, Bone marrow biopsy, Cardiac MRI without contrast, Complete blood count, Comprehensive metabolic panel, Electrocardiogram, Genetic testing, Troponin, 24 hour urine collection, Beta 2 microglobulin, Immunofixation and immunoglobulins, Urine immunofixation, Echocardiogram. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a man has amyloidosis?

What does it mean when a man has amyloidosis?

Deposit of amyloid: Amyloid are types of protein that can be deposited in your body. These can occur secondary to a variety of illness and why this happened is still not completely understood. It depends what the locations of the amyloid are as to how the amyloid effects a person. What ever else teh man has may be related tothis diagnosis. ...Read more

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Cen anyone tell me anything about amyloidosis?

See below: Amyloidosis is a disease that occurs when substances called amyloid proteins build up in your organs. Amyloid is an abnormal protein usually produced by cells in your bone marrow that can be deposited in any tissue or organ. Check out the site below: http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/amyloidosis/ds00431. ...Read more

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Is there a special diet that helps amyloidosis?

Is there a special diet that helps amyloidosis?

NO: There is no particular diet that helps amyloidosis. However, those with renal/kidney involvement may have to follow a diet that limits protein, sodium, potassium, phosphorus and fluids. When a patient has cardiac involvement, the situation is different and exercise may be more important. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: amyloidosis?

What is the definition or description of: amyloidosis?

Funky protein: There are several types of amyloid which is an abnormal protein made by the body. When amyloid deposits into normal tissue such as skin, joints, liver, heart, etc, the condition is known as amyloidosis. Symptoms vary depending on what part of the body is effected. Consider going to an academic center to have it diagnosed and treated, because of its complexity and rarity. ...Read more

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What are some of the risk factors for getting Amyloidosis?

The risk factors for getting Amyloidosis include:: Infection, Inflammatory bowel disease, Familial Mediterranean fever, Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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My grandmother has been diagnosed with amyloidosis, what does can be expected for her and my family?

Depends: Some forms can hereditary but a good number can occur secondary to several different diseases. Have her to ask her hematologist/oncologist on whether her family needs to screened. ...Read more

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My grandmother has been diagnosed with amyloidosis, What does this mean? How will this affect her and our family?

Need more informatio: It depends on the type of Amyloidosis she has. There are certain types that can run in families and other types that can be related to certain medical conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis. She needs to discuss these questions with her physicians so that you can know. Even better go with her to the next physician's visit. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my grandmother has been diagnosed with amyloidosis, what does this mean for her and my family?

Rough disease: There are several dozen subtypes. She needs to find out the cause, whether it's one of the hereditary kinds, and whether she might be a candidate for marrow transplant. ...Read more

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Is amyloidosis always fatal?

No: Amyloidosis is actually a constellation of illnesses characterized by the deposition of protein fragments in various tissues of the body. The prognosis and treatability of the illness depends upon the type of fragments, the amount of amyloid material and the specific sites of deposition. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is amyloidosis cancer?

No, but just as: Serious. Amyloidosis is accumulation of an abnormal protein in various tissues. It also occurs in some cancers, e.g., multiple myeloma, a bone cancer. It affects the function of involved organs, e.g., liver, heart, kidney, etc. Amyloid also plays a role in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's dementia. ...Read more

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Is? Amyloidosis defined as? A cancer?

Is? Amyloidosis defined as? A cancer?

No: It's an accumulation of an abnormal protein in various organs, and has many causes, including cancer of the plasma cells which is called (multiple) myeloma. It is very troublesome but is somewhat more manageable today than in the past. Good luck. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How can I address primary amyloidosis?

Prednisone, etc..: There is apparently no specific therapy for this. If there is an underlying cause, it should be treated. Otherwise, Prednisone and/or an chemotx., like Dexamethasone and Bortezomib or melphalan. Autologous bone marrow transplant with stem cell rescue can be done but patients are often too weak for this. It also depends on how bad it is and how much you might be willing to tolerate. ...Read more

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Would st john's wort help primary amyloidosis?

No: There are no clinical trials that support this. The treatment for primary amyloidosis uses certain chemotherapy drugs. ...Read more