New, More Accessible Staging System Developed to Predict Survival for Patients With AL Amyloidosis | oneAMYLOIDOSISvoice

New, More Accessible Staging System Developed to Predict Survival for Patients With AL Amyloidosis


AL amyloidosis is a rare condition caused when bone marrow produces abnormal antibodies that can’t be broken down and are deposited in tissues, interfering with organ function. Survival for patients with AL amyloidosis is related to cardiac involvement, making cardiac biomarkers an accurate measure for staging for risk stratification.
 
BMC (Boston Medical Center) researchers created the new brain natriuretic peptide (BNP)-based staging to align with current staging systems that use another test, called N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP). The NT-proBNP testing method is not available at all medical centers; however, BNP testing is available at these academic facilities, making the new Boston University (BU) biomarker score a viable option for hospitals seeing patients with AL amyloidosis.
 
New, More Accessible Staging System Developed To Predict Survival For Patients With AL Amyloidosis

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