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Because no one knows what causes amyloidosis, there is no way to prevent primary amyloidosis.

Secondary amyloidosis can be prevented only by preventing or promptly treating the inflammatory disease that can trigger amyloidosis. For example, if rheumatoid arthritis is kept under control with medications, the chance of developing amyloidosis is small.

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