Wilson's Disease: Symptoms, Potential Complications, And Treatment
January 9, 2018
Copper is a trace mineral, which means you need a very small amount of it for your body systems to function properly. But too much copper is harmful to vital organs. Your body normally gets rid of extra copper, but there is a disease in which this process doesn’t happen.
Wilson’s disease is a rare genetic disorder in which the body can’t get rid of extra copper and it accumulates in the liver, brain, and other organs, preventing their normal function. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, approximately one in 30,000 people has Wilson’s disease. Symptoms usually manifest between the ages 5 and 35 but can start earlier or later in life. The disease is sometimes difficult to diagnose because its symptoms overlap with those of other conditions that affect the liver, and such diagnosis wouldn’t be the doctor’s first guess because the disease is uncommon.