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AL amyloidosis - Oral Mucosal Lesion
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AL amyloidosis - Oral Mucosal Lesion

See also in: Overview,External and Internal Eye,Nail and Distal Digit
Contributors: Rajini Murthy MD, Carl Allen DDS, MSD, Sook-Bin Woo MS, DMD, MMSc, Paritosh Prasad MD, Susan Burgin MD
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Synopsis

Primary systemic (AL) amyloidosis is an acquired amyloidosis, almost always associated with a plasma cell dyscrasia. Multiple myeloma is the most common association, but it is also seen with Waldenström macroglobulinemia and other paraproteinemias. The disease is more common in older adults; incidence increases with advancing age. The prognosis is poor.

Amyloid deposits in AL amyloidosis are composed of immunoglobulin light chains. Monoclonal proteins or Bence Jones proteins are usually detected.

Systemic findings can be related to the involvement of the heart, muscles, gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, and nerves. Symptoms may include fatigue, weight loss, paresthesia, syncope, and shortness of breath. Cardiac involvement may present as syncope, angina, or symptoms of heart failure. Low ECG voltages may develop as a consequence of restrictive cardiomyopathy. Renal involvement with nephrotic syndrome is the most common presentation of immunoglobulin amyloidosis. Neurologic symptoms include a sensory peripheral neuropathy, presenting in a stocking and glove distribution. An "idiopathic" carpal tunnel syndrome can also occur. Gastrointestinal involvement is variable and may present with hemorrhage, changes in bowel movements, and dyspepsia.

Amyloid infiltration of skeletal muscle can result in pseudohypertrophy, classically involving the tongue and leading to macroglossia.

Mucocutaneous lesions can be seen in 30%-40% of patients with AL amyloidosis and may present before systemic involvement is apparent, providing an early clue to diagnosis.

Abnormal bleeding and/or abnormal bleeding tests are seen in approximately 30%-50% of patients with amyloidosis.

Codes

ICD10CM:
E85.81 – Light chain (AL) amyloidosis

SNOMEDCT:
23132008 – AL amyloidosis

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Differential Diagnosis & Pitfalls

Distinguish AL amyloidosis from other forms of amyloidosis:
  • AA amyloidosis
  • Age-related amyloidosis (wild type transthyretin amyloidosis)
  • Familial (hereditary) amyloidosis
Other systemic monoclonal immunoglobulin deposition disease:
Dermatologic differential diagnosis:
Differential diagnosis of purpura:
Differential diagnosis of localized oral amyloidosis:
Differential diagnosis of intraoral hemorrhagic bullae:

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Last Reviewed:03/19/2021
Last Updated:04/01/2021
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AL amyloidosis - Oral Mucosal Lesion
See also in: Overview,External and Internal Eye,Nail and Distal Digit
AL amyloidosis : Fatigue, Hepatomegaly, Alkaline phosphatase elevated, Eyelid edema, Proteinuria, Ecchymosis, Paresthesias, Splenomegaly
Clinical image of AL amyloidosis
Purpura on the medial eyelids and forehead.
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