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A 27-year-old member asked:

how serious is wilson's disease?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Life threatening : As a chronic metabolic disorder, wilson's is a rotten illness.If detected early and responsive to the limited treatments available, some semlance of a life is possible. Late DX and poor response leads to liver disease in childhood and neurologic degenerative effects in older patients. The kidneys and bones can also be injured.
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Very: Wilson's disease can cause problems in liver, eyes, kidneys, and heart. It can also cause neuropsychiatric problems and problems with a patient's hormones.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Lethal: Neglect it, and it will kill you. It's a gruesome death, with brain damage (especially inability to move) compounded with liver failure.

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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 30-year-old member asked:

What does it mean for wilson's disease to be a "metabolic disorder?"

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
It Alters Metabolism: In wilsons disease, genetic information to make a special protein is missing. That protein is supposed to carry excess copper like a taxicab.It takes it to the kidneys to be eliminated. Without this carrier protein, copper builds up in toxic amounts in tissue & starts to kill cells by messing up their metabolism. We are exposed to copper in our diet & in low levels it won't hurt you, high levels do.
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.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What causes wilson's disease?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Genetic defect: Wilson disease is a defect in the bodies handling of copper ingested in the diet.A gene is inherited from both asymptomatic carrier parents that encodes the wrong information on copper metablolism.The proper carrier protein that is supposed to bind and take copper to be removed is not formed. Over time the copper begins to accumulate in tissues in toxic amounts.

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