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Amyloidosis

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Amyloidosis is a rare condition that occurs when a protein made in your bone marrow (called amyloid) builds up in your organs or other areas of your body. A buildup of amyloid can cause serious problems, including organ failure.

Amyloidosis shows up differently in everyone depending on where the amyloid collects. You can have symptoms such as:

  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Numbness or tingling in your fingers or toes
  • Shortness of breath
  • Skin changes
  • Swelling in your feet, ankles, or tongue
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Unintentional weight loss

Amyloidosis is more common in men and people over age 60. Though there is no cure for amyloidosis, expert hematologists at University of Miami Health can help slow the condition and treat your symptoms.

Why Choose UHealth?

Advanced, comprehensive hematology care. Our large team of expert hematologists provide the care you need to manage blood disorders and treat blood cancers. We offer convenient care — with treatment available at multiple locations — and use innovative, personalized treatments to help improve your health and quality of life.

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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.

Accepted Insurances

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