Amyloidosis is a group of conditions caused by the buildup of an abnormal protein called amyloid. Amyloid deposits can occur in many different places in your body. As a result, amyloidosis often affects multiple organs, including the heart, liver and kidneys, as well as other tissues and nerves.
The amyloidosis program at the
Center for Advanced Heart and Lung Disease at Baylor University Medical Center specializes in caring for those with this complex condition. We are one of a small number of programs in the nation dedicated to the treatment of amyloidosis.
If you’ve been diagnosed with amyloidosis, our program gives you one place to turn. We provide integrated care through access to multiple specialists who are committed to treating cases like yours – all in one location.
Amyloidosis Symptoms and Diagnosis
Because amyloidosis is a rare disease, sometimes it can be difficult to diagnose. Symptoms can vary from person to person, depending on where amyloid deposits occur in the body.
Some symptoms include:
- Fatigue and weakness
- Irregular heartbeat
- Enlarged heart
- Enlarged tongue
- Swelling, tingling or numbness in the limbs
- Weight loss
- Digestive issues
- Skin changes, including purple patches around the eyes and bruising
- Shortness of breath
If you have symptoms of amyloidosis, medical tests may include lab work, imaging or biopsy. These tests help your care team not only detect amyloidosis but also examine which organs may be affected.
Treatment for amyloidosis requires a customized plan of care based on your type of amyloidosis and the extent of your condition. We specialize in caring for primary (AL) amyloidosis and hereditary (ATTR) amyloidosis.
Some of our advanced treatments include:
Amyloidosis Program Team
When it comes to treatment for amyloidosis, you want a team with the experience and knowledge needed to care for every aspect of your condition. Because amyloidosis affects your body in many different ways, our amyloidosis program brings together multiple specialists to care for you.
Your care team may include physicians on the medical staff specializing in:
- Liver disease
- Heart disease
- Kidney disease
- Nuclear imaging
- Blood and marrow transplant
Together, our team at the amyloidosis program will tailor a treatment plan based on your unique needs.
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