Amyloidosis

Below you will find more information about Amyloidosis from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Amyloidosis it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Amyloidosis and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Amyloidosis comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Amyloidosis is a unique and potentially deadly disease that takes place when substances called amyloid proteins build up in your organs; which areabnormal proteins commonly formed by cells in your bone marrow that can be deposited in any tissue or organ.

Diagnosis

Your doctor may conduct a physical exam and a variety of tests, including blood and urine tests. Although blood or urine tests may detect an abnormal protein - which could denote amyloidosis, the only definitive test for amyloidosis is a tissue biopsy

Treatment

For primary amyloidosis, some of medications include: Peripheral blood stem cell transplantation and medicines. Peripheral blood stem cell relocation involves chemotherapy and transfusion of previously collected immature blood cells (stem cells) with the goal to replace diseased or damaged marrow.

Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms of this disease depend on the organs that were affected. Symptoms include: Swelling of your ankles and legs, numbness or tingling in your hands or feet, weight loss, weakness, diarrhea, shortness of breath, harsh fatigue, and difficulty swallowing.

Causes

The cause of primary amyloidosis is unknown, but it begins in your bone marrow. In accumulation to producing red and white blood cells and platelets, your bone marrow creates antibodies, proteins that protect you against infection and disease.

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