Localized Amyloidoses and Amyloidoses Associated with Aging Outside the Central Nervous System

  • Per WestermarkEmail author
Part of the Current Clinical Pathology book series (CCPATH)


The non-cerebral localized amyloid forms constitute an increasingly big group of highly varying biochemical nature. Localized AL and the very rare AH amyloidoses often form tumors that can be mistaken for malignant neoplasms. Most other localized amyloids are associated with aging or occur in some specific, polypeptide hormone-producing tumors, particularly in the pancreas and in the thyroid gland. Most of these forms are believed to be innocent with the known exception amyloid derived from islet amyloid polypeptide (IAPP). There is increasing evidence that IAPP, either as mature amyloid fibrils or as prefibrillar aggregates, is toxic to islet β-cells and plays an important role in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes. Wild-type transthyretin (senile systemic) amyloidosis is also included in this chapter. This under-appreciated disease is the most prevalent of all systemic amyloidoses and most commonly manifests itself as progressive cardiomyopathy in elderly men. In wild-type transthyretin amyloidosis, amyloid deposits occur in other organs as well including lungs and different ligaments, and for the observant pathologist it is not rare to detect small deposits in arteries in prostatic biopsies.


Immunoglobulin, polypeptide hormone Atrial natriuretic peptide Insulin Calcitonin Islet amyloid polypeptide Galectin-7 Transthyretin Aging Diabetes mellitus Senile systemic amyloidosis 


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  1. 1.Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology, Rudbeck LaboratoryUppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden

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