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Treatments

  • Chemotherapy

    Some types of chemotherapy can help stop cells in your bone marrow from making amyloid. This treatment may help prevent further damage to your organs and tissues.

  • Autologous Blood Stem Cell Transplant (ASCT)

    During ASCT, your doctor will take a sample of your stem cells from your bone marrow. The stem cells are stored while you receive high-dose chemotherapy to kill abnormal bone marrow cells. After chemotherapy is complete, your doctor will return the healthy stem cells to your body.

  • Liver Transplant

    Some types of amyloidosis are caused by abnormal cells in the liver. A liver transplant can help treat amyloidosis in these cases.

  • Kidney Transplant

    Sometimes amyloidosis is caused by complications related to dialysis. A kidney transplant may help treat amyloidosis by helping you avoid dialysis.

  • Anti-inflammatory Medicines

    For some people, amyloidosis occurs because of inflammation from a chronic condition like rheumatoid arthritis. Anti-inflammatory medicines to care for these conditions can also help with amyloidosis.

  • Pain Medicines

    If your condition causes you pain, your doctor may recommend pain medicines.

  • Blood Thinners

    If amyloidosis has damaged your heart, you may need blood thinners to help prevent heart problems.

  • Diuretics

    Diuretics can help relieve swelling in your ankles or feet.

Tests

  • Blood Tests

    Your doctor may take a blood sample to check your blood for proteins or check your thyroid and liver function.

  • Urine Tests

    Your doctor may also take a sample of your urine to check for protein.

  • Biopsy

    During a biopsy, your doctor takes a sample of tissue from somewhere in your body to look for signs of amyloidosis.

  • Imaging Tests

    Your doctor may also use imaging tests like magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to determine how amyloidosis has affected your organs.