Medical Dictionary: Copper overload


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Copper overload: Another name for Wilson's Disease.
Copper overload (condition): Genetic disorder that causes copper to build up in the body's organs.

Copper overload: Wilson's disease causes the body to retain copper. The liver of a person who has Wilson's disease does not release copper into bile as it should. Bile is a liquid produced by the liver that helps with digestion. As the intestines absorb copper from food, the copper builds up in the liver and injures liver tissue. Eventually, the damage causes the liver to release the copper directly into the bloodstream, which carries the copper throughout the body. The copper buildup leads to damage in the kidneys, brain, and eyes. If not treated, Wilson's disease can cause severe brain damage, liver failure, and death. 1

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1. excerpt from Wilson's Disease: NIDDK

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