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renal amyloidosis

As far as I know amyloid *can* be deposited anywhere...for instance, amyloid in the brain is thought to be a cause of Alzheimer's. In the pancreas, it can cause diabetes. It causes problems simply be being there and taking up space that cells need to function properly.

Humans get amyloid in the lungs, but it's rare, and usually occurs in older people. Hemorrhage is an unlikely complication (I did a quick review of the human literature and hemorrhage tends to occur when they're messing with it, i.e., taking a biopsy). I've only studied amyloid in depth in relation to the pancreas, but there it tends to be deposited in places that have experienced inflammation, sort of vaguely akin to scar tissue. I wonder if there was some underlying, possibly ongoing, inflammatory process that triggered amyloid deposition in the first place.

It'll be interesting to see what the vet says. Let us know!

Dr. Jean
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