Will Wilson's disease clear on its own?
Without medical treatment, Wilson's disease can prove fatal.
Author: Idan Ben-Barak
First answered: 13 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Wilson's disease is a rare genetic disorder that is associated with the accumulation of excess copper throughout the body.
The symptoms of Wilson's disease can vary widely and depend on which organs or structures have been affected by the build-up of copper. When the liver is affected, some of the symptoms may include jaundice, nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, …
Wilson's disease is caused by a mutation on chromosome 13 in the gene ATP7B. Mutations in this gene can lead to the abnormal accumulation of copper throughout the body.
Wilson's disease is something you are born with. If both of your parents carry the genetic mutation responsible for the condition, you have a one in four chance of having it. It is estimated to affect around one in every 30,000 people and affects men and women …
The diagnosis of Wilson's disease is typically based on: blood and urine tests that measure the levels of copper, ceruloplasmin, liver function and full blood count; eye examinations that identify the characteristic golden-brown discoloring caused by …
Treatment for Wilson's disease involves reducing the level of copper in the body and preventing its further accumulation. Treatment is lifelong and may include medication to eliminate excessive build-up of copper, medication to reduce further absorption of …
There is presently no known cure for Wilson's disease, but if diagnosed early, treatment allows for an excellent outcome.