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A 21-year-old member asked:

my dr. says i have high copper in my blood (serum copper). could i have wilson disease?

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Dr. Jin Packard
Dr. Jin Packardanswered
Emergency Medicine 7 years experience
Need tests: Most cases of wilson disease show symptoms between childhood and early adulthood, some may present in their 30's and 40's. Diagnosis is made by blood, urine tests and an eye examination for kayser-fleischer rings (copper deposit around the cornea). Liver biopsy and genetic tests are also options. Not all patients experience the same set of symptoms or timeline, so thorough testing is important.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Wilson's is among the most treacherous diagnoses in all of medicine. The vast majority of folks with elevated copper have increased ceruloplasmin as an acute phase reactant. Get a proper workup.
Jul 17, 2014
Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Probably not: Wilson's disease is an inherited disorder in which there is too much copper in the body's tissues. The excess copper damages the liver and nervous system. Abnormal posture of arms and legs confusion or delirium, dementia, difficulty moving arms and legs, stiffness, difficulty walking (ataxia) emotional or behavioral changes, enlargement of the abdomen (abdominal distention), personality changes occur.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Probably not: Copper tends to run low in Wilson's. High copper levels are fairly common and usually the cause is never found.

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