Wilson’s Disease

Also indexed as:Copper Overload, Hepatolenticular Degeneration
An excess of copper in the body can lead to a long list of health problems. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
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About This Condition

Wilson’s disease is a genetic disorder that results in excessive accumulation of copper in many parts of the body, particularly the liver.

This condition is readily treatable, but if Wilson’s disease is left untreated, it can be fatal.

Symptoms

Wilson’s disease is initially silent and may first be noticed as fatigue, absent menstrual periods in premenopausal women, or repeated and unexplained spontaneous abortions. In more advanced stages, there may be headaches, tremors, uncoordinated limb movements, unsteady gait, drooling, difficulty swallowing, and joint pain. There also may also be strange thought patterns with unusual behaviors.

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