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- Amyloidosis facts
- What is amyloidosis?
- What causes amyloidosis?
- What are risk factors for amyloidosis?
- What are amyloidosis symptoms and signs?
- What types of specialists treat amyloidosis?
- What tests do doctors use to diagnose amyloidosis?
- What is the treatment for amyloidosis?
- What are complications of amyloidosis?
- What is the prognosis of amyloidosis?
- Is it possible to prevent amyloidosis?
- Where can people find more information on amyloidosis?
What are complications of amyloidosis?
Complications of amyloidosis are a function of what organs and tissues are affected and to what degree their function is impaired. Amyloidosis can lead to failure of lung, liver, heart, nerves, and kidney function. Additionally, the treatments (including chemotherapy as well as stem-cell and organ transplantation) can have serious side effects.
What is the prognosis of amyloidosis?
The outlook depends on the form of amyloidosis and its response to treatment. Systemic amyloidosis is slowly progressive and fatal if untreated. The average survival for AL amyloidosis is approximately one year while familial amyloidosis is up to 15 years. The outlook and life expectancy is adversely affected by vital organ involvement.
Is it possible to prevent amyloidosis?
There is no prevention for amyloidosis. However, the secondary forms of amyloidosis can be prevented by treating the underlying diseases that are associated with inflammation. Genetic counseling can be beneficial in familial amyloidosis.
Where can people find more information on amyloidosis?
For more information about amyloidosis, please visit the following sites:
Boston Medical Center
Amyloidosis Foundation. <http://www.amyloidosis.org/index.html >.
Fauci, A.S., and C.A. Langford. Harrison's Rheumatology. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical Publishing, 2006.
Goldman, Lee, and Dennis Ausiello. Cecil Textbook of Medicine, 22nd ed. Philadelphia, Pa.: Elsevier Health Sciences, 2003.