Wilson’s Disease

Wilson’s disease is a disorder of built up cooper in the vital organs. This buildup of cooper can be fatal and if not treated will cause death. The disease is passed down through genes and affects healthy nerves. Symptoms are clumsiness, depression, trouble speaking, easy bruising, brown ringed eye coloring, and joint pain. The main way to prevent the symptoms is having a diet of low cooper foods. There is also medical treatments for Wilson’s disease that can prevent the buildup of cooper. Foods containing high cooper are mushrooms, nuts, chocolate, dried fruit, liver, and shellfish.

Cause: Wilson’s disease inherited diseases based on cooper build up in vital organs.

Symptoms: Symptoms of Wilson’s disease include: clumsiness, depression, trouble speaking, easy bruising, brown ringed eye coloring, and joint pain. Because of the diversity of symptoms, Wilson’s disease is often misdiagnosed. Symptoms vary between person and part of body.

Treatment: There are multiple drugs that can help balance the correct amount of cooper in the body including: Penicillamine and Trientine. In taking Zinc naturally helps balance the levels of cooper in the body. A diet of low level cooper food is the best way to deal with Wilson’s disease. Some people are known to have liver transplants in order to process the cooper more efficiently. Having tap water tested for cooper levels is a simple way to monitor how much cooper a person is taking in. 

Helpful Links:

Wilson Disease Association

NINDS Wilson Disease Information Page

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