Amyloidosis (am-uh-loi-DO-sis) is the buildup of a protein called amyloid in your body’s tissues or organs. Amyloid isn’t normally found in the body, but it can be formed from several different types of protein.
Amyloid proteins may affect only a single organ or, often, are spread throughout the body (systemic). They can affect different organs in different people, and there are different types of amyloid proteins. Depending on the type of amyloidosis, amyloid can deposit in the heart, kidneys, nervous system, spleen, digestive tract, or other organs and tissues.
Severe amyloidosis can result in life-threatening damage to these organs or even failure.
Amyloidosis is not cancer.
While occasionally mislabeled, Amyloidosis is not cancer. Cancer is characterized by rapid and uncontrolled cell growth. Amyloidosis is characterized by the production of an abnormal protein that aggregates.
Below we offer excellent educational resources on Amyloidosis; additional resources and information about the disease, treatment, and recovery can be found on the Resources and Blog pages.
Amyloidosis Awareness (narrated by Michael York)
Amyloidosis Awareness Booklet (PDF for download; sponsored by Amyloidosis Support Groups)
Understanding Amyloidosis (Amyloidosis Research Consortium)