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Alternative Names Return to topAmyloidosis - hereditary
Definition Return to top
Hereditary amyloidosis is a condition in which abnormal protein deposits (called amyloid) form in almost every tissue in the body. These protein deposits damage the tissues and interfere with the function of the involved organs.
Causes Return to top
Hereditary amyloidosis is passed down from parents to their children (inherited).
Other types of amyloidosis may be:
For further information, see the specific type:Update Date: 2/5/2008 Updated by: Chad Haldeman-Englert, MD, Division of Human Genetics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.