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- Enlargement of the liver
- Generalized lymph node swelling
- Skin lesions: waxy, translucent raised skin lesions may be seen on the face, around the eyes, or inside the mouth.
- Clubbing of the digits
Tests are usually necessary to confirm the diagnosis of amyloidosis.
Tests for amyloidosis may include:
- Electrolyte profile
- Complete blood count
- Kidney profile:
- Abnormal in up to 80% of patients
- Angiotensin converting enzyme level:
- May be elevated
Other tests for amyloidosis may include:
- Bence Jones protein:
- May be positive in the urine
- Will usually show elevated quantities of protein due to nephrotic syndrome
- Chest x-ray
A tissue biopsy is required to confirm the diagnosis of amyloidosis. This may be achieved using:
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