A member asked:

Does wilson's disease lead to leukemia?

2 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Weili Sun answered

Specializes in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

No: Wilson disease is the genetic disorder cause abnormal cooper metabolism. It usually cause liver and central nervous system abnormality. There is no evidence that wilson disease can cause leukemia or the incidence of leukemia is high in children with wilson disease.

Answered 7/9/2012


Dr. Ed Friedlander answered

Specializes in Pathology

I doubt it: Wilson's is rare and when two youngsters with it came down with leukemia, there was talk about either the copper overload or the Penicillamine rx possibly being a cause. Wilson's is very serious and i wouldn't worry about an old claim of a link that was first made in 1982 without any real further validation.

Answered 6/30/2014



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