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Expert Insights: AL Amyloidosis: Symptoms, Diagnostics and Challenges

Dr. Gurbakhash Kaur, co-director of the amyloidosis program at UT Southwestern Medical Center, opens with a brief overview of the disease. Focusing on AL Amyloidosis, she shares how heterogeneously this disease presents – it can be very different from patient to patient, amplifying the diagnostic challenge. Symptoms may also be more commonly associated with other diseases. For example, proteinuria is often associated with diabetes and hypertension. However, clinicians should look at the bigger picture to be sure, as amyloidosis can also be a cause. Dr. Kaur reviews what should be in a basic workup when one has a clinical suspicion for amyloidosis. Once tested positive for amyloidosis, a second necessary step is to determine the type of amyloidosis. This is critical as it will determine the appropriate course of treatment. In closing Dr. Kaur summarizes the goals of treatment, what is available today, and what drugs are in clinical trials, giving lots of hope to the AL amyloidosis community.

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