AL Amyloidosis Treatment Including Stem Cell Transplantation

Mayo Clinic hematologist, Angela Dispenzieri, M.D., discusses AL amyloidosis treatment including high-dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplantation. Visit here for more information on amyloidosis or to schedule an appointment.

Amyloidosis is a rare disease that occurs when proteins in the body group together to form what is called amyloid fibrils. The fibrils are then deposited into various tissues including the heart, kidneys, liver, and nerves. AL amyloidosis is unlike other form of amyloidosis in that it is not hereditary.

Treatment of AL amyloidosis is done through a combination of chemotherapy drugs or by means of stem cell transplant. There are many different types of amyloid medications, and it is important to work with a specialist to establish the specific type of amyloidosis so treatment can be designed to fit your needs. With proper treatment, AL amyloidosis treatment can improve quality of life and longevity.

Video Content Outline:

  • Introduction
  • What is AL amyloidosis (0:29)
  • How to treat AL amyloidosis (4:30)
  • What to do if diagnosed with amyloidosis (17:04)
  • Conclusion (18:36)

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Angela Dispenzieri, MD

Angela Dispenzieri, MD

Hematologist at the Transplant Center - specializing in Amyloidosis

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