About AH amyloidosis

What is AH amyloidosis?

AH amyloidosis is a rare type of amyloidosis caused by the buildup of abnormal proteins called amyloid light chains (AL) in the body's organs and tissues. It is a type of systemic amyloidosis, meaning it affects multiple organs and tissues. AH amyloidosis is caused by a type of plasma cell disorder called primary systemic amyloidosis, which is a type of cancer. Symptoms of AH amyloidosis can include fatigue, weight loss, anemia, and organ dysfunction. Treatment for AH amyloidosis typically involves chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation.

What are the symptoms of AH amyloidosis?

The symptoms of AH amyloidosis vary depending on the organs affected, but may include:


-Weight loss

-Muscle weakness

-Enlarged tongue

-Swollen ankles and feet

-Shortness of breath

-Abdominal pain

-Numbness or Tingling in the hands and feet

-Heart palpitations


-Carpal tunnel syndrome

-Coughing up blood

-Difficulty swallowing

-Vision problems

-Hearing loss

-Confusion or memory loss


What are the causes of AH amyloidosis?

The most common cause of AH amyloidosis is a long-term inflammatory condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or inflammatory bowel disease. Other causes include chronic infections, such as tuberculosis or HIV, and certain types of cancer. In some cases, the cause of AH amyloidosis is unknown.

What are the treatments for AH amyloidosis?

The treatments for AH amyloidosis depend on the type and severity of the condition. Treatment options may include medications to reduce inflammation, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, stem cell transplantation, and surgery. In some cases, lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise may be recommended. Additionally, supportive care such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy may be beneficial.

What are the risk factors for AH amyloidosis?

1. Age: AH amyloidosis is more common in people over the age of 60.

2. Gender: AH amyloidosis is more common in men than in women.

3. Family history: People with a family history of AH amyloidosis are at an increased risk of developing the condition.

4. Certain medical conditions: People with certain medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease, are at an increased risk of developing AH amyloidosis.

5. Certain medications: Long-term use of certain medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and certain antibiotics, can increase the risk of developing AH amyloidosis.

Is there a cure/medications for AH amyloidosis?

Yes, there are treatments available for AH amyloidosis. These include medications to reduce inflammation, chemotherapy, and stem cell transplants. Additionally, lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and avoiding smoking can help to reduce the risk of developing AH amyloidosis.