Nausea, bloating, indigestion, heartburn, cramps, diarrhoea, constipation, loss of appetite, etc. These are but a few of the issues that patients suffering from Amyloidosis face
At the end of 2020 and now going into 2021, there have been ongoing discussions on the topic of Covid-19 and how we all can
What is hATTR Amyloidosis or FAP? Familial Amyloid Polyneuropathy (FAP) is a rare inherited disease caused by a specific mutation in your own DNA in a gene which codes for the Transthyretin protein (TTR). If you have this mutation, the TTR protein becomes sticky and forms clumps of amyloid within your small blood vessels and over many years this will damage your nerves (causing numbness and weakness) and heart (causing heart failure). Inheritance Traits These symptoms do not appear until a person is an adult. FAP is passed on between generations in an autosomal dominant pattern – which means if someone has the disease then half of his/her brothers and sisters will have the disease and half of his/her children will also develop the disease in the future. There are an estimated 50,000 patients with FAP worldwide and 100 in New Zealand. Present Treatment in NZ Up until now the only effective treatment for FAP has been liver transplantation, which replaces the liver which makes the abnormal TTR with one which does not. Unfortunately liver transplantation is very limited and to-date only 9 New Zealanders with FAP have been transplanted. CRISPR/Cas9
Amyloidosis is a tricky prankster in that as a disease, the manifestation of it often goes under the radar as each organ effected can disguise
When a patient is diagnosed with amyloidosis, the care of that patient often brings in a multifaceted and multidisciplinary type of involvement of medical experts
TTR Amyloidosis disease is slowly gaining recognition particularly in New Zealand but in overseas countries such as in America and Europe, research work have been
As caregivers, we should not overlook the physical, mental and emotional toll when caring for our loved ones with Amyloidosis. The best remedy for us
Correct identification by doctors on the causal amyloid protein is absolutely crucial for clinical management in order to avoid misdiagnosis..