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?
- Symptoms depend on which organs are affected
- Affected organs may include heart, kidneys, liver, bowel, skin, nerves, joints, lungs
- Symptoms may include fatigue, weight loss, shortness of breath, numbness, tingling, weakness
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?
- For medical services, contact your nearest VA medical center and ask to speak to the Environmental Health Coordinator or Patient Care Advocate. You also may call 1-877-222-8387 to reach the nearest VA medical center.
- For disability compensation, contact your nearest VA regional office. You also may call 1-800-827-1000 to reach the nearest VA regional office.