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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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Is it known if Chromosome X or Chromosome 16 are a factor in amyloids?

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Are anomalies involving chromosomes 16 and X known to be associated with AL amyloidosis?

AL amyloidosis is frequently associated with chromosome anomalies. The anomalies that have been described in association with amyloidosis are numberous and varied. As a result, no single chromosome anomaly is characteristic for this condition.[1]

One study did find an extra chromosome X (trisomy X) in 13% of women and 54% of men with systemic amyloidosis in their study population.[2] We were not able to find a study which investigated the prevalence of chromosome 16 anomalies. One of the more common chromosome anomalies associated with systemic amyloidosis is a loss of a copy of chromosome 18 (i.e., chromosome 18 monosomy). In one study this anomaly was identifed in 72% of participants.[1]
Last updated: 9/24/2013

  • Fonseca R et al. Chromosomal abnormalities in systemic amyloidosis. Br J Haematol. 1998 Dec;103(3):704-10; Accessed 9/24/2013.
  • Rajkumar SV. Clinical presentation, laboratory manifestations, and diagnosis of immunoglobulin light chain (AL) amyloidosis (primary amyloidosis). In: Basow DS. UpToDate. Waltham, MA: UpToDate; 2013;