Immunoglobulin light chain systemic amyloidosis

Angela Dispenzieri, Giampaolo Merlini

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Immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis (AL) is a rare, complex disease caused by misfolded free light chains produced by a usually small, indolent plasma cell clone. Effective treatments exist that can alter the natural history, provided that they are started before irreversible organ damage has occurred. The cornerstones of the management of AL amyloidosis are early diagnosis, accurate typing, appropriate risk-adapted therapy, tight follow-up, and effective supportive treatment. The suppression of the amyloidogenic light chains using the cardiac biomarkers as guide to choose chemotherapy is still the mainstay of therapy. There are exciting possibilities ahead, including the study of oral proteasome inhibitors, antibodies directed at plasma cell clone, and finally antibodies attacking the amyloid deposits are entering the clinic, offering unprecedented opportunities for radically improving the care of this disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCancer Treatment and Research
PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
Number of pages46
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameCancer Treatment and Research
ISSN (Print)0927-3042


  • Biomarkers
  • Cardiac amyloidosis
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunoglobulin light chain amyloidosis
  • Immunotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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