Condition – Amyloidosis

Amyloidosis refers to a group of conditions wherein amyloid are abnormally deposited organs or tissues and cause harm. There are different forms of amyloidosis, categorised by the type of protein fibrils (small fibers) that are deposited. The forms of amyloidosis include:

  • Primary amyloidosis
  • Secondary amyloidosis
  • Hemodialysis-associated amyloidosis
  • Familial (inherited) amyloidosis
  • Senile amyloidosis

Signs and Symptoms

There are various symptoms associated with this disease such as:

  • Affected respiratory tract
  • Enlarged spleen
  • Ruptures
  • Vomiting
  • Hemorrhaging
  • Diarrhea


The exact cause of amyloidosis is unknown and is considered to result from various factors:

  • Inflammatory arthritis
  • Tuberculosis
  • Family history


There is no known cure for amyloidosis and no treatment is found effective in reversing the deposits of amyloids. However, there are treatments that can slow down the progression of amyloidosis and reduce its harmful effects on various organs.

The treatment for amyloidosis differs from person to person because each type of amyloidosis is different. There are many factors on which the treatment depends such as the organs or tissues that are affected; the severity of symptoms; and the person’s age, overall health and medical history.