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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is amyloidosis?

Amyloidosis is a disease that causes abnormal proteins to build up in your organs. Your heart, brain, kidneys, liver, spleen, digestion, and nervous system can all be affected. Severe forms of amyloidosis can lead to organ failure and be life-threatening.

What are the signs and symptoms of amyloidosis?

You may not have signs or symptoms until the condition is considered advanced. Signs and symptoms may include any of the following:

How is amyloidosis diagnosed?

Amyloidosis can be hard to diagnose because the signs and symptoms are similar to other conditions. Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your symptoms. You may need any of the following:

How is amyloidosis treated?

Amyloidosis cannot be cured. The goal of treatment is to manage your symptoms and decrease the amount of amyloid in your body. You may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

What can I do to manage amyloidosis?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I call my doctor?

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