What is Amyloidosis? (Definition)
Amyloidosis is a group of diseases that are a result of abnormal proteins deposits in different parts of the body. This protein is called Amyloid. There are over 30 different kinds of amyloid proteins. This causes severe changes in the organ that Amyloid is present in. There are three major separations of amyloidosis. According to medicinenet.com, the major types of systemic amyloidosis are currently categorized as primary (AL), secondary (AA), and hereditary (ATTR, amyloid apolipoprotein A1 or AApoAI, amyloid apolipoprotein A2 or AApoAII, AGel, ALys, AFib).
Eventually the amyloid proteins deposits cause organ failure. Since the disease is so rare doctors and researchers are constantly finding out new things. Roughly between 1,500 and 2,500 people develop AL Amyloidosis each year in the United States.
Symptoms include irregular function of the specific organ targeted by Amyloidosis. There is currently no cure for Amyloidosis. However treatments can help signs and symptoms and possibly limit the production of amyloid protein.
Tests and Diagnosis
- Laboratory Tests
- Imagining Tests
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Latest Amyloidosis News
With Promising Results from Emerging Therapies, Penn Research Yields Fresh Hope for Treatment of Rare Disease AL Amyloidosis