What is AMYLOIDOSIS?
Amyloidosis is caused by defective plasma cells producing too much protein. This abnormal protein buildup can affect the shape and function of organs like the heart, kidney, liver and spleen, in addition to the nervous and digestive systems. A rare disease, there are fewer than 200,000 cases of amyloidosis per year in the United States. While there’s currently no cure for amyloidosis, there are several treatment options available.
Signs and Symptoms of Amyloidosis
It can be difficult to recognize amyloidosis at an early stage, as the symptoms are often similar to those of other diseases. Because amyloidosis can affect various organs, symptoms present differently for each individual patient. Here are some signs that you may have amyloidosis:
- Joint pain
- Tingling or numbness in the hands, arms, legs and feet
- Difficulty breathing
- Skin rashes
- Enlarged tongue
- Organ dysfunction
- Swollen eyes