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Wilson's disease is a rare inherited disorder that causes a
buildup of copper in the liver and other organs of the body, most often the
brain, kidneys, and eyes. It most often occurs in teenagers and young
Wilson's disease can be treated with a diet low in copper
and by taking medicine that removes copper from the body. Treatment is
usually successful when it begins before serious liver or brain damage has
occurred. In some cases of liver damage, the person may need a liver
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & W. Thomas London, MD - Hepatology
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