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Ren Fail. 2002 Nov;24(6):863-6.

Cholestasis and renal failure in a patient with secondary amyloidosis.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Adana, Turkey.


Amyloid, was first described in the 19th century by Virchow, which means starch or cellulose. Extracellular deposition of this unique protein fibrils in tissues, often leading organ dysfunction is known as amyloidosis. In systemic amyloidosis, amyloid fibrils may deposit in different organs including kidneys, heart and liver. Although liver is effected frequently, clinical liver disease is rare. There are a few cases that secondary amyloidosis presented with hepatic involvement and cholestasis which seems to be limited to primary amyloidosis. Hepatic amyloidosis with cholestasis may be a predictor of involvement of other organs and thus of poor prognosis. We report a case of a 67 year old man with renal failure and prominent cholestasis due to AA amyloid deposition in the liver.

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