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Rare cause of dyspnoea

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Although primary amyloidosis is the most common systemic form of amyloidosis, its diagnosis remains notoriously difficult. Unless included in the differential diagnosis, the condition may be missed as a cause of severe and ultimately fatal clinical syndromes. We describe two patients with primary amyloidosis who presented with dyspnoea/orthopnoea and oedema due to cardiac and renal involvement. Both had a fatal outcome.

Keywords: cardiac; nephrotic syndrome; primary amyloidosis; renal

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Australia

Publication date: 2009-03-01

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