How can supportive care for amyloidosis vary?

Updated: May 09, 2019
  • Author: Robert O Holmes, Jr, DO; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Symptomatic care in amyloidosis is paramount, given the limited targeted therapeutics. Certain organ-specific types of amyloid are beginning to have standards of supportive care.

For example, cardiac amyloidosis requires judicious use of rate and rhythm control agents to prevent fatal arrhythmias. Amyloid can infiltrate the conduction system and the coronary arteries. [111] Clues to aid in early detection are the presence of cardiac arrhythmia with early heart failure evidenced by abnormal echocardiogram. [112]


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