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What is the fate of someone who does not treat wilsons disease?

What is the fate of someone who does not treat wilsons disease?

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 more

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If someone has wilsons disease, then how does he function compared to a normal person?

If someone has wilsons disease, then how does he function compared to a normal person?

Pretty normal: Until the wilson's disease causes liver function compromise, you should function normally. With proper treatment you should not have any functional problems. ...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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What kind of doctor would I want to be in the care of for Wilsons Disease?

Multidisciplinary: A multidisciplinary medical team would serve a patient like this the best. You may need a GI specialist, neurologist, psychiatrist and PCP to work together to help patient with chronic issues. ...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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What is cure for wilsons disease?

What is cure for wilsons disease?

Treatment: There is no cure. The treatment is to maintain a low copper diet. D-penicillamine and trientine are two drugs that are used to treat the copper overload. Both drugs require careful monitoring. ...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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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 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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