A case of severe cardiac involvement is reported in a patient affected with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy due to the Portuguese type I variant (Val→Met30) of the transthyretin (prealbumin) molecule. Echocardiographic and hemodynamic studies suggested the presence of a progressive infiltrative cardiomyopathy that was later confirmed by endomyocardial biopsy. Amyloid deposits were found in both intra- and extra-myofiber location and thought to be related to primary involvement of the heart. Norepinephrine content of myocardial bioptic specimens was about threefold lower than normal, indicating that autonomic denervation may contribute to the maintenance and progression of cardiomyopathy. A sample obtained from the sural nerve showed a loss of myelinated fibers along with accumulation of amyloid masses in the endoneurial space. This histopathologic pattern correlated with a sharp decrease in the activity of the enzyme subserving electrochemical conduction through the axonal membrane, Na+, K+-ATPase.

This content is only available via PDF.
Copyright / Drug Dosage / Disclaimer
Copyright: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be translated into other languages, reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, microcopying, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Drug Dosage: The authors and the publisher have exerted every effort to ensure that drug selection and dosage set forth in this text are in accord with current recommendations and practice at the time of publication. However, in view of ongoing research, changes in government regulations, and the constant flow of information relating to drug therapy and drug reactions, the reader is urged to check the package insert for each drug for any changes in indications and dosage and for added warnings and precautions. This is particularly important when the recommended agent is a new and/or infrequently employed drug.
Disclaimer: The statements, opinions and data contained in this publication are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of the publishers and the editor(s). The appearance of advertisements or/and product references in the publication is not a warranty, endorsement, or approval of the products or services advertised or of their effectiveness, quality or safety. The publisher and the editor(s) disclaim responsibility for any injury to persons or property resulting from any ideas, methods, instructions or products referred to in the content or advertisements.
You do not currently have access to this content.