What happens when the amyloid protein deposits in the nervous system?
The amyloid proteins can deposit in the nerve fibers and around the nerves, gradually causing damage and interfering with the information sent between the brain and the organs through the autonomic nervous system.
This can result in what is known as peripheral and Autonomic Neuropathy.
N.B. Peripheral Neuropathy can also be caused by certain chemotherapy drugs but this usually resolves once the treatment has stopped.
There are three kinds of peripheral nerves.
- sensory nerves, which connect to the skin.
- motor nerves, which connect to the muscles.
- autonomic nerves, which connect to the internal organs.
All three kinds of peripheral nerves may be involved or just one.