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How can I treat wilson disease?

How can I treat 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

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Dr. Robert Hutchman
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Wilson's Disease (Definition)

Wilson disease is a genetic condition in which a person's body cannot handle the normal amount of copper obtained through foods. Over time, the copper accumulates in the body and damages the ...Read more


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How did wilson disease get its name?

How did wilson disease get its name?

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

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What is wilson disease? What is the problem in the body?

What is wilson disease?  What is the problem in the body?

Mutated ATP7B: The cells can't transport copper out of their cytoplasm as they should. This cases the complications of liver cell death and cirrhosis, brain damage, and so forth. ...Read more

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Describe the treatments enzyme substitution in wilson disease?

Describe the treatments enzyme substitution in wilson disease?

Wilson disease: Excess opper accumulation with serious end organ damage. Treatment after diagnosis is chelation therapy to diseaseexcess copper. Then avoidance of reaccumulation. See mayo clini wilsons disease well written and presented for non medical personnel. ...Read more

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Can prenatal vitamins or other vitamins cause wilson disease?

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

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Should I see a specialist for wilson disease, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

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

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What are the tests for wilson disease?

What are the tests for wilson disease?

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

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At which age wilson disease excluded ???

No age criteria: this is a disease mainly diagnosed based on symptoms and lab results. There is no cutoff in terms of age ...Read more

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Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more