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Any Other Diseases Similar To Wilson Disease
Don't self-treat: Usually an oral medicine to manage copper is all that's required. Be very wary of "alternative and complementary" remedies in this very serious illness, and discuss anything you may be using with your gastroenterologist. I'm going to assume you have real Wilson's and not the "pop" Wilson syndrome, which is not a real illness. Best wishes. ...Read more
Sam Wilson MD: 1878–1937, first described it and named it hepatolenticular degeneration. Perhaps the most treacherous diagnosis in general medicine, and unfortunately is still missed, which is bad because it's quite easy to manage and horrible if missed. There is also a bogus "wilson's disease" -- lay people are invited to self-diagnose as having subtle thyroid disease; no scientific basis. ...Read more
It depends: Serum ceruloplasmin is often used and it is a poor choice as it misses about 30% of cases. Urine copper is my choice. If there's a family history or the diagnosis seems obvious, or urine copper is high, test the ATP7B gene. ...Read more
Wilson Disease: The main organs affected by copper accumulation are the liver and brain, so your symptoms are refer able to these organs. You may experience cognitive impairment, bradykinesia, parkinsonian-like motor symptoms, other motor and sensory problems, fatigue, esophageal varices, liver and kidney disease, and, of course, the copper colored rings in your eyes. Cardiac involvement can also intervene. ...Read more
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.. ...Read more
No: Wilson disease is a genetic disorder.Get a more detailed answer ›
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. ...Read more
Varies: Wilson's in infamous as an elusive diagnosis, which is unfortunate because it is so deadly if missed but easy to treat if found early. Usually the liver enzymes are up for a few years before the person gets super-sick. This the time during which we hope to make the diagnosis. ...Read more
ATP7B: This is routine and is available upon request from the major gene labs. ...Read more
Need more workup:
Low ceruloplasmin by itself is not diagnostic of wilson disease.
Decreased ceruloplasmin and blood copper concentrations and increased urine copper levels may indicate wilson disease. Definitive diagnosis may require a liver biopsy. ...Read more
No: Prenatal vitamins taken during pregnancy offer more help than potential side-effects unless a woman already has a severe metabolic problem. Wilson disease is a metabolic problem causing an over accumulation of copper. Vitamins do not cause it. However, vitamins can contain an excess of certain minerals and may not be necessary in the non-pregnant state. ...Read more
It's your choice: Managing Wilson's is usually very easy and if your personal physician feels comfortable with it and knows what to watch for, and you're good with it, stay with him/her. ...Read more
Why do wilson disease patient have a low ceruloplasmin level? Is it due to wilson disease itself or low production by liver?
Minor mystery: We do know that the liver tends to underproduce ceruloplasmin in Wilson's, but this is only the case in about 2/3 of patients and it is famously unreliable as a way of screening. The exact mechanisms still haven't been sorted out. ...Read more
I'm a patient of wilson disease and I want to know if natural alkaline water pH 9.1 to 9.7 will help me to combat this disease or if normal waterissame?
THERE ARE NO GOOD: Scientific studies that prove or disprove this as a therapy for this condition. ...Read more
I have Low caeruloplamin 0.19g/L and low serum copper 12.5 umol/L - units (Australian). Do I have Wilson Disease? Or Copper deficiency? Thanks.
Finish workup: If there is any concern at all that you have Wilson's, get a proper screen -- urinary copper and perhaps a genetic screen if you've got suggestive symptoms. Missing Wilson's leads to one of the most grisly deaths possible. Managing it is easy. Your ceruloplasmin is trivially low and reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies are outside on either end. ...Read more
Can a carrier (heterozygote) of the wilson disease gene donate part of his/her liver tissue for a living related donor transplant to a patient?
Wilson disease?? Hospitalized with hypokalemic parlaysis, alt & ast elevated, bradycardia. Now hypoglycemic, high Uric acid urine and low T3 (liothyronine).
Too complicated: Your health issues are too complicated to be properly addressed in this forum. It is imperative that you keep in touch with your doctor who has more information about your health. ...Read more
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Not an infection, but sarcoidosis has features similar to tb. ...Read more
Depends: Without knowing the age of the individual tested and the name of the test used it is hard to say. " autism tests" assess the presence or absence of certain skills and behaviors. These include language, social interaction, sensory issues and sterotypical movements. At younger ages autism spectrum disorders may appear similar to other neurodevelopmental disordeers. Ask provider for clarification. ...Read more
Is it more likely for a teenager to have Paget's disease or a benign condition with similar symptoms?
A few: Pernicious anemia is a specific type of anemia caused by vitamin b-12 deficiency. This particular type of anemia is usually described as macrocytic or megaloblastic. Other causes of megaloblastic anemia include folate (folic acid) deficiency, certain genetic conditions, some medications, myelodysplastic syndromes (a form of bone marrow cancer). Consulting your physician or a hematologist is necessary. ...Read more
Opposites: Parkinson's disease is a condition with loss of ability to initiate movements. (other than involuntary tremor in 70 %) One can see excessive involuntary movements with peak dose dyskinesias in treating it. Athetosis and choreaform movements are seen in Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sydenham's chorea (from rheumatic fever) One can also see this with tardive dyskinesia and neuroacanthocytosis. ...Read more
Yes and no: Diabetes is serious, incurable, a major disturbance in metabolism, predisposes people to atherosclerosis, predisposes to small vessel disease, causes the kidneys to fail, compromises neutrophil function, is autoimmune (type i) or polygenic (type ii), is lifestyle-modifiable, and is common. It shares each with dozens of other diseses. Classroom compare-and-contrast work is for little kids. ...Read more
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