Amyloidosis is a “group of diseases” that have the common feature where abnormal proteins (or in some cases normal proteins) behave abnormally, and the breakdown product of these proteins fold upon themselves, creating amyloid” fibrils.” Amyloid fibrils may affect only a single organ or, often, are spread throughout the body. They can affect different organs in different people, and there are different types of amyloid proteins, making this complex disease often elusive to diagnose. Severe amyloidosis can result in life-threatening damage to these organs or even failure. This overview offers a brief summary of this complex disease.
In this special video, hear world-renowned expert Dr. Mathew S. Maurer and his patient John Basdavanos presenting to a group of medical students. Dr. Maurer provides a brief overview of Wild-Type Amyloidosis (ATTRwt), while John provides the patient perspective. Together, these insights offer a compelling story about battling a life threatening disease.