Primary systemic amyloidosis presenting with advanced heart failure

Sameer K. Mehta, John Cogan, Sharon C Reimold, James A de Lemos

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Primary systemic amyloidosis (AL) is a rare, sporadic disease caused by deposition of immunoglobulin light chains in various tissues; symptoms vary based on which organs are infiltrated by the amyloid fibrils. Cardiac involvement occurs in up to 50% of patients with primary amyloidosis and is associated with a very poor prognosis. We report a case of a 57-year-old black man who presented with symptoms consistent with congestive heart failure. He was later found to have primary systemic amyloidosis, confirmed by abdominal fat pad biopsy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)152-155
Number of pages4
JournalCardiology in Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2003



  • Congestive heart failure
  • Systemic amyloidosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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