Amyloidosis is a rare but potentially fatal disease that occurs when substances called amyloid proteins build up in the body's organs. Amyloid is an abnormal protein, usually produced by cells in the bone marrow that can be deposited in any tissue or organ. Amyloid protein can be deposited in a localized area, and may not be harmful, or only affect a single tissue of the body. This form of amyloidosis is called localized amyloidosis. Amyloidosis that affects tissues throughout the body is referred to as systemic amyloidosis. Amyloidosis frequently affects the heart, kidneys, liver, spleen, nervous system and gastrointestinal tract. As the protein accumulates the organ function begins to decline. The exact cause of amyloidosis is unknown. Medication and diet can help to limit the production of amyloid protein. There's no cure for Amyloidosis.


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