Introduction: Wilson's Disease


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Wilson's Disease: Genetic disorder that causes copper to build up in the body's organs.

Wilson's Disease: 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

Researching symptoms of Wilson's Disease: Further information about the symptoms of Wilson's Disease is available including a list of symptoms of Wilson's Disease, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Wilson's Disease, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.

Misdiagnosis and Wilson's Disease: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of Wilson's Disease, or research misdiagnosis of other diseases

Treatments for Wilson's Disease: Various information is available about treatments available for Wilson's Disease, current research about Wilson's Disease treatments, or research treatments for other diseases.

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1. excerpt from Wilson's Disease: NIDDK

Last revision: June 26, 2003

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