Wilson's Disease is a rare disorder that is inherited which causes accumulation of too much copper in the liver, brain or other organs of the body that are vital. The symptoms of Wilson's disease usually begin at the age of between 12 and 23. Wilson's disease is curable if detected early enough and the patients can live their normal lives.
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Wilson's disease, like any other disease, has its symptoms. Although the symptoms of Wilson Disease are identical to those of liver diseases like hepatitis, tests can be done to identify the disease.The symptoms sometimes vary depending on which part of the body is affected by Wilson's disease. Some of the common signs and symptoms of Wilson's disease iinclude:
Just like any other disease, Wilson Disease too has its cause. Wilson Disease is hereditary, and it occurs when a person gets two defective genes, one from each parent. Other people only receive only one gene, and that means they do not become ill. They just become carriers who can pass their gene onto their children.
The liver starts to retain copper at birth and may take many years before the symptoms start to show.
Diagnosing Wilson's Disease is very challenging because its symptoms are almost identical to those of liver diseases and also the behavioral changes can be hard to link with Wilson's Disease. There are tests and procedure that are used to diagnose Wilson's disease which include:
Chelating agents are the medications that are usually recommended for treating Wilson's Disease because they prompt your organs to release copper into your bloodstream. The treatment prevents copper from building up again after it has been filtered by the kidney and released into the urine. The medications that are common in treating Wilson's disease include:
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