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Once a Mystery, Amyloidosis Begins to Yield

02.07.2014

WHAT IS AMYLOIDOSIS?

Amyloidosis is a disease characterized by proteins abnormally depositing in a specific pattern in various organs in the body.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF AMYLOIDOSIS?

Symptoms can vary, depending on which organs are affected. They may include:

  • General fatigue
  • Voice changes
  • Dizziness upon standing
  • Abdominal bloating, especially after eating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Swelling of the legs, ankles or tongue
  • Skin or nail changes
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Bleeding or easy bruising
HOW IS AMYLOIDOSIS DIAGNOSED?

A definitive diagnosis usually requires a biopsy, or removal of tissue, from an organ, bone marrow or abdominal fat.

About Stanford Health Care

Stanford Health Care (SHC) seeks to heal humanity through science and compassion one patient at a time, through its commitment to care, educate, and discover.  Across its health system of inpatient care, outpatient health centers, medical groups, health plan offerings, care navigation and virtual care services, Stanford Health Care provides patients with the very best in health and care through its unique leading edge and coordinated care approach.

Stanford Health Care is widely recognized for delivering the highest levels of care and compassion, while also discovering breakthroughs for treating cancer, heart disease, brain disorders, primary care issues, and many other conditions.  Stanford Health Care and its Stanford Hospital, along with Stanford Children’s Health and the Stanford University School of Medicine, are committed to delivering Stanford Medicine excellence to each and every patient and family served.

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