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A 34-year-old member asked:

what is the difference between ms and wilson's disease?

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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurosurgery 54 years experience
A penny: Wilson's disease is a hereditary condition involving abnormal copper metabolism. It may involve optic & other non-neural tissue. It isn't curable but can respond to chelation. Ms is acquired, auto-immune and has no uniformly successful treatment. Movement disorders are more common in wilson's. These 2 are readily separable diagnostically.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Major: Wilson's: inherited disease of copper metabolism, with wing-beating tremors, dystonia, ataxia, speech issues, liver abnormalities. Diagnosed with copper and ceruloplamin levels, and slit lamp. MS: autoimmune disorder of brain, spinal cord, and eye, not genetic, not affecting liver, causing visual, strength, balance, coordination, cognitive and fatigue issues, diagnosed by MRI brain and cord.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

What are some of the other symptoms of wilson disease?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 40 years experience
Deg.Hepa Lenticular : Hepato-lenticulardegeneration. Diagnosis often missed; should be considered in patients aged 10 to 40 years with hepatitis, cirrhosis, hepatic decompensation, and symptoms suggestive of movement or psychiatric :can vary from loss of control of emotions to depression, delusions, loss of memory, inability to focus on tasks, impulsiveness, sexual disinhibition, and other bizarre behaviors.
Dr. Damien Luviano
Ophthalmology 18 years experience
Diagnosis can be aided by ophthalmology exam. Kayser fleicher ring can be seen within cornea. After treatment, it disappears.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

How old is the oldest newly diagnosed wilson's disease patient?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Copper: 1st get a copper level checked. Also ask for some liver function testing. They have a classic kaiser-fleischer ring around the iris of the eye....And lastly is to get a liver biopsy.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What are the most common symptoms of wilson's disease?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Liver Disease/ Neuro: Untreated wilson disease may manifest as liver disease (toxic hepatitis) in childhood and neurologic problems(tremor, deteriation of school performance, psychiatric isssues) as young adults.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of wilson's disease?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Depends on organ: Affected. Signs and symptoms of wilson's disease include: clumsiness, depression, difficulty speaking, difficulty swallowing, difficulty walking, drooling, easy bruising, fatigue, involuntary shaking, joint pain, loss of appetite, nausea, skin rash, swelling of arms and legs, yellowing of the skin and eyes. Check this site: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/wilsons-dis.
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A 16-year-old female asked:

What are some symptoms to Wilson's disease? I am a Vegetarian, is this likely for me?

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Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Wilson's disease: is a rare disorder of metabolism. The body accumulates copper. It is an inherited disorder. You have to get the gene from both parents. Symptoms are abdominal pain, swelling, jaundice, fluid build up in extremities and abdomen. Like I said, it's rare. And being a vegetarian has nothing to do with it.

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