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AL amyloidosis

Other Names for this Disease
  • Amyloidosis AL
  • Amyloidosis primary systemic
  • Light chain amyloidosis
  • Primary AL amyloidosis
  • Primary amyloidosis (Formerly)
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What are risk factors for AL amyloidosis?

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What are risk factors for AL amyloidosis?

The exact cause of AL amyloidosis is not known. The condition appears to occur in similar frequencies among people of various races.[1] It is thought to occur more commonly in men than in women.[1] AL amyloidosis is a disease of adulthood. The mean age of people at diagnosis of AL amyloidosis is 65 years.[1] The condition results from an abnormality of plasma cells in the bone marrow. It is closely related to multiple myeloma.[2]

You can visit the following link to the National Cancer Institute's Web site to learn more about risk factors for multiple myeloma.
Last updated: 6/10/2011