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What is amyloidosis?

Amyloidosis is a rare and potentially life threatening disease which occurs when toxic amyloid proteins build up in your tissues and organs. Normally, the proteins in our bodies break down over time and are reused when needed.
Amyloids are a rare type of these proteins that are resistant to breaking down as they naturally do. As a result, amyloids accumulate within the organs and tissues of the body, which can slow down or even stop them from functioning.
Diagnosing Amyloidosis can be challenging because there are a variety of types which can affect different organs, most commonly the heart, kidneys, liver, nervous system and gastrointestinal tract.

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