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DescriptionAmyloidosis refers to a variety of conditions wherein amyloid proteins are abnormally deposited in organs and/or tissues and cause harm.
Primary amyloidoses arise from a disease with disordered immune cell function such as multiple myeloma and other immunocyte dyscrasias. Secondary (reactive) amyloidoses are those occurring as a complication of some other chronic inflammatory or tissue destructive disease. Examples are reactive systemic amyloidosis and secondary cutaneous amyloidosis.
The Amyloid community, for patients dealing with Amyloidosis and their caregivers, discusses primary, secondary and familial amyloidosis.