There are six types of amyloidosis including, primary, secondary, dialysis-related, familial, senile systemic and organ-specific amyloidosis, as stated by WebMD. These conditions are caused by an abnormal protein buildup in the tissues and organs.
Amyloidosis is a serious condition that can cause organ failure and even death. This illness is the result of a build-up of protein on certain tissues and organs in the body, affecting their shape and their effective operation. According to WebMD, there are six types of amyloidosis.
- Primary amyloidosis
- Secondary amyloidosis
- Dialysis-related amyloidosis
- Familial amyloidosis
- Senile systemic amyloidosis
- Organ-specific amyloidosis
This is the most frequently occurring type of amyloidosis, and is systemic. It can affect the kidneys, heart, liver, intestines and nerves.
Usually the result of chronic inflammatory diseases and some cancers, secondary amyloidosis affects the spleen, kidneys, liver, adrenal gland and lymph nodes.
Seen in older people and those on dialysis for more than 5 years, this condition affects many tissues fed by the circulatory system. It usually affects the joints, bones and tendons.
This is a rare form of amyloidosis caused by an abnormal protein made in the liver.
Usually seen in older men, this condition causes a build-up of proteins in the heart and other tissues.
This unique type of amyloidosis causes a build-up of proteins in specific single organs or even the skin.