Generalized (systemic) secondary amyloidosis was a post mortem finding recorded in 28 patients (25.2%) by amyloid specific Congored staining according to Romhányi, from 111 randomized autopsy cases with rheumatoid arthritis. Amyloidosis was present most frequently in the gastro-intestinal tract, the heart, kidney, thyroid gland, spleen and in the suprarenal glands. The quantity of amyloid deposits is usually the highest in the organs that are most frequently have deposits. The amyloidosis is a progressive cumulative process. The conclusion is that the organs where there are frequently high quantities of amyloid is where the deposits begin and where there are infrequently any deposits or low quantities is where the deposits develop later. Biopsy of the most frequently involved organs are suggested for early diagnosis of amyloidosis. Comparing the laboratory parameters (at the last hospitalisation), the amyloidotic patients were anaemic, with low haemoglobin level (p < 0.05), the renal function significantly decreased, the carbamid (p < 0.001), and kreatinin level high (p < 0.05), with frequent proteinuria (p < 0.0001).
|Translated title of the contribution||Generalized secondary amyloidosis in rheumatoid arthritis|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - nov. 21 1993|
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