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Can someone with genetic hemochromatosis donate blood?

Can someone with genetic hemochromatosis donate blood?

Yes: If you're not symptomatic, there's no reason even to tell them, and in fact it's a great way to keep your body iron burden down. In fact, it's how i manage my one-dose hemochromatosis while helping others. ...Read more

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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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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?

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?

Yes: Wilsons disease is a disease of copper storage. It is genetically linked. Generally speaking people who are heterozygous (are only carriers) can donate their part of thier livers. People who are heterozygous are carriers and don't have wilson's disease themselves. ...Read more

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Can father doner liver for your son with liver cirrhosis but father carry this disease ?

Can father doner liver for your son with liver cirrhosis but father carry this disease ?

Not contagious: If tissue matches father can donate , part of his healthy liver to the son , of course he should have non cirrhotic liver , cirrhosis is not transmitted genetically , and not contagious. ...Read more

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What percentage of wilson's disease patients need liver transplants? 

What percentage of wilson's disease patients need liver transplants? 

Wilson and transplan: Roughly , about 30 % of patients. These are patient unable to tolerated the quelation therapy and develope neuropsyquiatric symptoms . Hope this help. ...Read more

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Who is eligible to donate organs?

Who is eligible to donate organs?

See: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/organ-donation-facts

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Can father doner liver for your son but father carry disease ?

Can father doner liver for your son but father carry disease ?

Please clarify: Which disease you are talking about & re-ask question.Thank you. ...Read more

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Can people with von willebrand disease get tattoos done?

Can people with von willebrand disease get tattoos done?

It is possible, but: Depending on the severity of your disease, it is possible, but only in consultation with your hematologist. The severity of VWD is quite variable from patient to patient. If you really wanted to get a tattoo, you could pre-treat yourself with the appropriate medicine as if you were having an elective surgery, but you would have to pay for it out of pocket (i doubt insurance would cover it). ...Read more

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Is it safe for someone with von willebrand disease donate their organs when they die?

Is it safe for  someone with von willebrand disease donate their organs when they die?

Yes! : Von willebrand disease is a blood disorder; it has no adverse effect on your organs. Persons with von willebrand disease can certainly donate their organs if they so desire. ...Read more

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Will a hepatitis b vaccine elevated liver function studies?

Will a hepatitis b vaccine elevated liver function studies?

No: This should not happen as the vaccine has reactivity with your immune system, not your liver. ...Read more

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If liver enzyme levels are slightly elevated (alt 54) could this be due to fatty liver?Been vaccinated for hep a&b and don't meet hep c risk factors.

If liver enzyme levels are slightly elevated (alt 54) could this be due to fatty liver?Been vaccinated for hep a&b and don't meet hep c risk factors.

Possible: Many things can cause a slight elevation in alt. A repeat level should be done to monitor for trend. If continues abnormal then workup is indicated. ...Read more

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Does donor family pay for a heart transplant or a liver transplant?

Does donor family pay for a heart transplant or a liver transplant?

No: The organ recipient needs proper medical insurance coverage for a transplant to take place. In certain cases such as a mother giving part of her liver to her child, she may carry the pertinent insurance. No deceased donors are required to pay for the recipient medical procedures. Conceivably, a wealthy donor family could volunteer to contribute, but that would be most unusual. ...Read more

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Can a cancer patient donate blood?Are metastases transfered to recipient ?

Can a cancer patient donate blood?Are metastases transfered to recipient ?

No: It would be very unlikely for cancer to be transferred to a recipient, but we don't take donations from people known to have cancer. ...Read more

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Who is not eligible to donate blood?

Who is not eligible to donate blood?

Here's a good start: It's not complete. For example, when I was a student pilot, I was deferred because of concerns about handling low oxygen. http://www.redcrossblood.org/donating-blood/eligibility-requirements ...Read more

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I'm 22 months out liver transplant due to "cryptogenic cirrhosis" now have stage 3 fibrosis with bridging. No hepc. Lupus. Progression/prognosis?

I'm 22 months out liver transplant due to "cryptogenic cirrhosis" now have stage 3 fibrosis with bridging. No hepc.  Lupus. Progression/prognosis?

Discuss with doc: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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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?

Yes: Wilsons disease is a disease of copper storage. It is genetically linked. Generally speaking people who are heterozygous (are only carriers) can donate their part of thier livers. People who are heterozygous are carriers and don't have wilson's disease themselves. ...Read more

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Can you provide an overview of how wilson disease affects the liver? 

Can you provide an overview of how wilson disease affects the liver? 

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

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When liver enzymes started to elevated in wilson disease ??

When liver enzymes started to elevated in wilson disease ??

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

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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

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What are some of the other symptoms of wilson disease?

What are some of the other symptoms of wilson disease?

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

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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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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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Do people with wilson disease have a lot of pain?

Do people with wilson disease have a lot of pain?

No: Movement disorder--deterioration of cognition--hepatitis---joint pain is not very significant--but they get a variety of symptom--ask your doctor. ...Read more

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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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I have low ceruloplasmin on blood test, so what are the chances I have wilson disease?

I have low ceruloplasmin on blood test, so what are the chances I have wilson disease?

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

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My dr. Says I have high copper in my blood (serum copper). Could I have wilson disease? 

My dr. Says I have high copper in my blood (serum copper). Could I have wilson disease? 

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

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Hi. What is wilson disease diseas?

Hi. What is wilson disease diseas?

Copper: Wilson's disease is a disorder of copper metabolism causing too much copper in the blood and tissues. ...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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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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Dr. Robert Hutchman
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Wilson's Disease (Definition)

Wilson's disease is a genetic disorder which causes copper to accumulates in body tissues & may cause psychiatric or neurological ...Read more