Amyloidosis Treated at Karmanos

Treatment of Amyloidosis

Dr. Jeffrey Zonder

Information from The National Institutes of Health

AL amyloidosisis the most common form of amyloidosis, a group of disorders in which an abnormal protein called amyloid builds up in tissues and organs. The signs and symptoms of AL amyloidosis vary among patients because the build up may occur in the tongue, intestines, muscles, joints, nerves, skin, ligaments, heart, liver, spleen or kidneys.

To diagnose AL amyloidosis, health care professionals use blood or urine tests to identify signs of amyloid protein and a biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment may include chemotherapy directed at the abnormal plasma cells, stem cell transplantation or other treatments based on which symptoms have developed

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