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Wilson's Disease

Abstract

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NORD is very grateful to George J. Brewer, MD, Morton S. and Henrietta K. Sellner Emeritus Professor of Human Genetics, Emeritus Professor of Internal Medicine, Departments of Human Genetics and Internal Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, for assistance in the preparation of this report.

Synonyms of Wilson's Disease

  • hepatolenticular degeneration
  • lenticular degeneration, progressive

Disorder Subdivisions

  • No subdivisions found.

General Discussion

Wilson's disease is a rare genetic disorder characterized by excess copper stored in various body tissues, particularly the liver, brain, and corneas of the eyes. The disease is progressive and, if left untreated, it may cause liver (hepatic) disease, central nervous system dysfunction, and death. Early diagnosis and treatment may prevent serious long-term disability and life threatening complications. Treatment is aimed at reducing the amount of copper that has accumulated in the body and maintaining normal copper levels thereafter.

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