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Can you provide an overview of how wilson disease affects the liver?

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Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Could be bad: Wilson's disease leads to copper accumulation in the body - brain/liver/eyes and elsewhere - what it does to the liver? Well - imagine if you stuff your car engine with mud -things get, well, 'mucked up' - well that's the livers story - the liver does lots of stuff in the body - breaks down bad stuff, makes good stuff - and, is in the center of the circulation highway -so, muck up the liver and..
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
See below: Excessive deposition of copper in various tissue including liver, brain and eyes results in tissue damage. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/wilsons-disease/ds00411.

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A 50-year-old member asked:

What are common diseases that affect the liver?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Lots: Viral hepatitis, diabetes, autoimmune disease, heart disease, cancers, medications, and alcohol all can affect the liver. (to name a few).

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