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Content updated on Jun 1, 2022

What is amyloidosis?

A disease where "amyloid", a type of protein, is deposited in various organs and damages them. The affected areas include the heart, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract. The causes are diverse.

Symptoms related to amyloidosis

  • Facial swelling

  • Red or yellow skin lumps

  • Smooth, shiny lump on the skin

  • Constipation

  • Pain across the entire body

  • History of kidney failure

  • Swollen legs / fluid retention in the legs

  • Nausea or vomiting

Questions your doctor may ask to check for amyloidosis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose amyloidosis

  • Do you have facial swelling?

  • Do you have yellow or red lumps/bumps on your skin?

  • Is there a shiny or waxy, pearl-like lump on the skin?

  • Do you have hard stools or constipation recently?

  • Do you have pain all over the body?

Treatment for amyloidosis

There is currently no cure for amyloidosis, hence treatment focuses on slowing the disease and managing any symptoms. As organs become damaged, treatments like dialysis or organ transplants may be needed.

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