Duke hematologists diagnose and treat amyloidosis, a rare blood disease in which a part of the body produces abnormal proteins that interfere with normal organ function. While there is no cure for most forms of amyloidosis, we can help you manage the disease with innovative treatments that limit your body’s production of the amyloid protein.
A Team of Specialist May be Needed
Because the function of your heart, kidney, nervous system and gastrointestinal tract can be affected, you need a team of specialists that is familiar with treating amyloidosis, as well as the complications that can occur. This will ensure you receive the best possible care. Our specialists undergo advanced training, and have years of experience treating amyloidosis.
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Looks for symptoms, such as nerve damage, enlarged spleen, unexplained congestive heart failure or skin changes, that may signal the presence of amyloidosis.
Blood and Urine Tests
Detect proteins that could be depositing in organs, causing amyloidosis.
May be taken from bone marrow, gums, skin or rectum. May also be taken from specific organs, such as the heart or kidney, to determine if they have been affected by amyloidosis.
X-Rays MRI, CT
X-rays, MRI’s (especially of the heart), and CT scans are sometimes performed to identify complications of amyloidosis.
Why Choose Duke
Because amyloidosis can affect your heart, kidney, liver and other organs, you benefit from the many specialists on our amyloidosis team, which includes hematologist/oncologists, bone marrow transplant specialists, heart and liver transplant surgeons, cardiologists, kidney specialists, gastroenterologists, and neurologists, We have extensive experience treating amyloidosis and its complications. We discuss your care, collect opinions, and offer coordinated treatment recommendations and follow up.
Access to Promising New Therapies
You may have access to our ongoing clinical trials which study promising new, targeted therapies or other approaches that are not yet available outside of a clinical trial, and are not accessible at most other hospitals.
Leading Transplant Specialists
If you need a transplant to treat your amyloidosis, our transplant specialists are among the nation’s best. Our heart, liver, stem cell (“bone marrow”) and kidney transplant programs are among the largest in the Southeast.
If you receive chemotherapy as part of your treatment, our Duke Cancer Center features spacious waiting areas, a Quiet Room, large infusion rooms, and a rooftop garden area where you may be able to receive your chemotherapy outdoors.
Personalized Care and Support
Our comprehensive support services are here for you throughout your treatment journey. We help minimize the side effects of treatment, and offer support to help you cope with the emotional and psychological effects of diagnosis and treatment. You may also utilize our services focusing on nutrition, guided imagery, anxiety control, and meditation.