How does a doctor diagnose amyloidosis?

Symptoms of amyloidosis are frequently vague and appear similar to those of other common diseases spanning the areas of cardiology, nephrology, neurology, and more.
Often, it is the presence of many persistent, unrelated symptoms that alert a physician to the possibility of amyloidosis. Left untreated, the disease can be potentially life threatening so receiving a diagnosis early and accurately is very important.
General symptoms may include:
  • Fatigue
  • Foamy urine
  • Joint pain
  • Low red blood cell count (anemia)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling in the ankles, legs, and tongue
  • Tingling and numbness in hands and feet
  • Weight loss

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