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What is systematic amyloidosis?

There are three major types of systemic amyloidosis:
  • Primary amyloidosis (AL), the most common form, begins in your bone marrow, builds up in the bloodstream and can deposit in body tissues. It is not associated with other diseases - except for multiple myeloma, a form of bone marrow cancer. 
  • Hereditary (Familial) amyloidosis, an inherited genetic form passed down in families, often affects nerves and kidneys.
  • Secondary amyloidosis (AA) occurs with a chronic infectious or inflammatory disease, such as tuberculosis or a bone infection.

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