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glossary:amyloidosis [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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|+||A disorder that results from the abnormal deposition of a particular [[protein]], called amyloid, in various [[tissue]]s of the body. Amyloid protein can be deposited in a localized area, and not be harmful, or in can cause serious changes in virtually any organ of the body.|
|+||Amyloidosis can occur as an isolated [[disease]] or as a result of another illness, including multiple myeloma, chronic infections (such as tuberculosis or osteomyelitis), or chronic [[inflammatory]] diseases (such as [[:|rheumatoid arthritis]] and ankylosing spondylitis). The protein that deposits in the brain of patients with Alzheimer's disease is a form of amyloid. |