Common Causes, Risk Factors, And Complications Of Amyloidosis
Chronic Inflammatory And Infectious Diseases
Amyloidosis can also occur as a result of a variety of chronic inflammatory and infectious diseases. These increase swelling and buildup of the amyloid protein, as well as weakening the immune system's ability to defend itself. Individuals with inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and juvenile arthritis are at a much higher risk of developing amyloidosis. Amyloidosis, in these cases, occurs as a reaction to another disease that has inflamed or weakened the body. While extra proteins are normally broken down, systems already weakened due to fighting off other diseases are incapable of doing so.