In the amyloidosis community, we are quickly learning that carpal tunnel syndrome can be one of the earliest symptoms/indicators of amyloidosis, sometimes presenting up to a decade before diagnosis. In addition, it is suspected that amyloidosis is not as rare as we once thought. Interestingly, carpal tunnel release surgery is helping to illustrate just that.
Over the course of the past two months, we spent time discussing two of the most common hallmark symptoms of ATTR amyloidosis: cardiomyopathy and peripheral neuropathy. In this article, we’ll briefly recap both hallmark symptoms as well as bring it all together by discussing the two most common forms of ATTR amyloidosis: ATTR cardiomyopathy (ATTR-CM) and ATTR peripheral neuropathy (ATTR-PN).
Neuropathy, also known as peripheral neuropathy, is a broad term that is used to describe damage to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord. There are over 100 types of peripheral neuropathy that can be classified into four categories, with each type having their own symptoms and prognosis. In this article, we’ll discuss the types of peripheral neuropathy and its connection to amyloidosis.
Americans of Portuguese descent are disproportionately impacted by hereditary ATTR (hATTR) amyloidosis, a rare, rapidly progressive, and debilitating disease affecting multiple organs and tissues. Watch this informative news segment featuring Dr. Anthony Geraci, a neurologist who specializes in managing hATTR amyloidosis. He is joined by Julio, who was diagnosed with the disease a few years ago, and his daughter and caregiver Renee. Together they explore the experience of living with this rare, genetic disease.