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Using high-powered electron microscopy, you can see each individual amyloid fibril composed of proteins.
Your symptoms of amyloidosis may vary, depending on which organs in your body are affected. Symptoms may include
Abdominal bloating, especially after eating
Bleeding or easy bruising
Diarrhea or constipation
Dizziness upon standing
Edema (swelling of the legs and ankles)
Numbness in the hands and feet, including carpal tunnel syndrome
Shortness of breath
Skin or nail changes
Swelling of the tongue, known as macroglossia
Voice changes, such as hoarseness
Many people with amyloidosis don't know that they have it. Although rare, the disease can be fatal, so it is important to contact your physician if you have one or more of these symptoms. Learn more about the tests Stanford physicians use for amyloidosis diagnosis.
Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.
Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.