People who have been on long term dialysis for kidney failure may develop dialysis-related amyloidosis.
This happens when a protein called beta2 microglobulin builds up in the blood because it is not completely removed either by haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis.
What damage does dialysis amyloidosis do to the body?
This type of amyloidosis may affect the digestive system the heart and lungs but it most often affects the bones, joints and tendons (the tissues that connect muscle to bone). It can also cause bone cysts which can lead to bone fractures and tears in tendons and ligaments