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Amyloidosis (cont.)

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What are complications of amyloidosis?

Complications of amyloidosis are a function of what organs and tissues are affected and to what degree their function is impaired. Additionally, the treatments including chemotherapy as well as stem-cell and organ transplantation can have serious side effects.

What is the prognosis of amyloidosis?

The outlook for depends on the form of amyloidosis and its response to treatment. Systemic amyloidosis is slowly progressive and fatal if untreated. The average survival for AL amyloidosis is approximately one year while familial amyloidosis is up to 15 years. The outlook is adversely affected by vital organ involvement.

Can amyloidosis be prevented?

There is no prevention for amyloidosis. However, the secondary forms of amyloidosis can be prevented by treating the underlying diseases that are associated with inflammation. Genetic counseling can be beneficial in familial amyloidosis.

For more information about amyloidosis, please visit the following site: http://www.bu.edu/amyloid/ (Boston Medical Center).

REFERENCE:

Fauci, A.S., and C.A. Langford. Harrison's Rheumatology. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical Publishing, 2006.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/10/2012

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