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About ALECT2 amyloidosis

What is ALECT2 amyloidosis?

ALECT2 amyloidosis is a rare, inherited form of amyloidosis caused by a mutation in the ALECT2 gene. It is characterized by the buildup of abnormal proteins in the body's organs and tissues, leading to organ damage and other health problems. Symptoms of ALECT2 amyloidosis can include fatigue, weight loss, anemia, and heart problems. Treatment typically involves medications to reduce the amount of amyloid proteins in the body and to manage symptoms.

What are the symptoms of ALECT2 amyloidosis?

The symptoms of ALECT2 amyloidosis vary depending on the organs affected, but may include:


-Weight loss

-Muscle weakness

-Joint pain

-Numbness or Tingling in the hands and feet

-Abdominal pain


-Shortness of breath

-Heart palpitations

-Swelling in the legs and feet

-Enlarged liver or spleen

-Cognitive impairment



-Kidney failure

What are the causes of ALECT2 amyloidosis?

ALECT2 amyloidosis is caused by a mutation in the ALECT2 gene. This mutation causes the body to produce an abnormal form of the protein transthyretin (TTR). This abnormal form of TTR builds up in the body and forms amyloid deposits, which can cause a variety of symptoms.

What are the treatments for ALECT2 amyloidosis?

The treatments for ALECT2 amyloidosis depend on the severity of the condition and the organs affected. Treatment options may include medications to reduce inflammation, lifestyle changes, physical therapy, and surgery. In some cases, a stem cell transplant may be recommended. Other treatments may include medications to reduce protein production, medications to reduce organ damage, and medications to reduce the risk of infection.

What are the risk factors for ALECT2 amyloidosis?

The risk factors for ALECT2 amyloidosis include:

1. Age: ALECT2 amyloidosis is more common in people over the age of 60.

2. Gender: ALECT2 amyloidosis is more common in men than in women.

3. Ethnicity: ALECT2 amyloidosis is more common in people of African descent.

4. Family history: ALECT2 amyloidosis is more likely to occur in people with a family history of the condition.

5. Certain medical conditions: People with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, and chronic kidney disease, are at an increased risk of developing ALECT2 amyloidosis.

Is there a cure/medications for ALECT2 amyloidosis?

At this time, there is no cure for ALECT2 amyloidosis. However, medications may be used to manage symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. These medications may include diuretics, ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, and beta-blockers. Additionally, lifestyle modifications such as a low-salt diet, regular exercise, and stress management may be beneficial.