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What to do if I have rings around my eyes when I was a preteen. if you have kayser-fleischer rings does it mean you have wilsons disease or could it be something normal?
Let's sort this out: You had rings around your IRISES (actually the plural is irides, but never mind), not your "eyes" (like a raccoon) when you were young and they went away? That's the opposite of what happens with Kayser-Fleischer rings. If you're normal at 35, you don't have Wilson's disease. What to do is nothing. Give my regards to Broad Street. (My compliments for spelling Kayser-Fleischer correctly, BTW.) ...Read more
Yes: Parkinson-like symptoms can be an initial manifestation of Wilson's disease. Wilson's disease usually occurs in younger people, however. If there is any confusion in diagnosis, Wilson's disease can usually be diagnosed through a combination of blood tests, urine tests, and/or an eye exam. Hope this helps. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Liver/neuro failure: Untreated, Wilson's disease can progress to liver failure and neurological disability and possibly death. With treatment, individuals with Wilson's disease have normal life expectancy. However, without treatment, individuals can expect issues with the brain, liver, eyes and psychiatric manifestations. Each individual is different so there are not set patterns of disease ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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