Rattler/Firebird Association

What is AL Amyloidosis

AL amyloidosis is a rare disease caused when an abnormal protein, amyloid, enters tissues or organs. AL amyloidoisis is not a cancer, but it can occur because of some cancers.

What are signs and symptoms?

Where can I learn more about research on AL amyloidosis and herbicides used in Vietnam?

The National Academy of Sciences concluded in its 2008 in its report “Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2006,” released on July 27, 2007, that “there is limited or suggestive evidence of an association between exposures to the compounds of interest [found in the herbicide Agent Orange] and AL amyloidosis.”

Read NAS Institute of Medicine Reports on Veterans and Agent Orange: Health Effects of Herbicides Used in Vietnam.

What should Vietnam veterans do if they think they may have AL amyloidosis?