What is Amyloidosis?

Amyloidosis is a relatively rare blood disease that develops when protein called amyloid builds up in your organs or body tissues in areas such as your heart, liver, kidneys, spleen, digestive (gastrointestinal) tract and nervous system. This buildup can affect your organs so they don't work properly. Treatment depends on the type of amyloid protein, where it's deposited, and how it affects your organs and tissues.

Why choose Mayo Clinic for amyloidosis

  • Experience and expertise. Blood disorder specialists (hematologists) at Mayo Clinic have been treating amyloidosis and related complications for more than 50 years. Each year, Mayo Clinic cares for hundreds of people with amyloidosis.
  • Advanced technology. Mayo Clinic offers advanced diagnostic pathology tests for amyloidosis that are not available at all medical centers and require interpretation by expert pathologists. Mayo Clinic's pathologists are internationally known for their expertise in assessing tissue samples (biopsies).
  • Newest research and treatments. Mayo Clinic is one of the few medical centers in the United States studying the diagnosis and treatment of amyloidosis, with numerous clinical trials underway.

From: http://www.mayoclinic.org/amyloidosis/

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