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Amyloidosis Overview

What is amyloidosis?
A person with amyloidosis produces abnormal protein fibers, known as amyloid, which are deposited in body tissues. Tissues include the intestines, tongue, skeletal muscle, smooth muscle, nerves, brain, skin, ligaments, heart, liver, spleen, and kidneys. The amyloid may interfere with the normal function of these organs.

What are the symptoms of amyloidosis?
Symptoms of amyloidosis include difficulty swallowing, enlarged tongue, fatigue, palpitations, and numbness and tingling. Other symptoms include breathing difficulty, leg swelling, diarrhea, confusion, and weight loss. Some may have clubbing of the digits.

How does the doctor treat amyloidosis?
Treatment for amyloidosis is directed at controlling congestive heart failure and kidney disease. Chemotherapy, surgery, and organ transplants may also be options in the treatment of amyloidosis.

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Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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