Amyloidosis

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If you’ve watched House, M.D., you’ve probably heard this term dozens of times and then thought “…Well what the heck is that?” The definition given by the Clinical Veterinary Advisor is:

Amyloidosis is the pathologic deposition of polymerized proteins in a  β-pleated sheet conformation in various organs, particularly the kidneys. It is a common glomerular disease in dogs.

Super helpful, right? In laymen’s terms, it’s a protein build-up in the tissues that can also be known as Swollen Hock Syndrome or Shar-Pei Fever. Shar-Pei‘s seem more susceptible to it at a younger age.

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Amyloidosis, while uncommon, is most usually diagnosed in middle aged dogs. Amyloidosis is rare in cats. If the pet has a chronic inflammatory or infectious disease they may be more likely to develop amyloidosis.

Diagnosis of the disease is based on biopsy of the affected tissue. Treating amyloidosis may go so far as to control renal failure, if it occurs. It may also involve treating any accompanying chronic disease. There doesn’t seem to be much data on the prognosis once the animal is diagnosed with the disease.

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Sources:

  1. Côté, Etienne. Clinical Veterinary Advisor : Dogs and Cats. 2nd. St. Louis: Mosby, Inc., 2011. Print.
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