Amyloidosis is a multi-system disease, making diagnosis challenging. In this informative patient guide, the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) discusses common symptoms, types of amyloidosis, red flags to be aware of, diagnostic tests and available treatment options.
Multi-systemic diseases such as amyloidosis are not only complex to diagnose, but also complex in the treatment and ongoing patient care. It takes a village. In this seminal piece, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) provides an Expert Consensus Decision Pathway on Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Care for the Patient With Cardiac Amyloidosis. An absolute must-read for cardiologists and other specialties such as neurology, gastroenterology, nephrology and hematology.
Historically it has been thought that the majority of elderly cardiomyopathy patients diagnosed with amyloidosis, ATTR-CM, transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy, suffered from wild-type, a non-genetic version of the disease that most commonly affects but is not exclusive to men over seventy years of age. A study in the UK conducted from January 2010 through August 2022 was conducted to determine whether this was true. Here we summarize their fascinating findings.
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.
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.