Anyone can develop primary amyloidosis, but certain factors place you at greater risk:

  • Age. The majority of people who develop amyloidosis are older than 60.
  • Other diseases. You may be at increased risk if you have a chronic infectious or inflammatory disease. People who have multiple myeloma — a form of bone marrow cancer — are also at increased risk of amyloidosis.
  • Family history. Some cases of amyloidosis are inherited.
  • Kidney dialysis. If you have kidney disease requiring kidney dialysis, you have an increased risk of dialysis-associated amyloidosis. This is because dialysis can't remove large proteins from the blood, so large, abnormal proteins may build up and deposit in surrounding tissues. This condition is less common with modern dialysis techniques.
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