Wilson disease

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Wilson disease

Wilson disease is a genetic condition that causes a buildup of copper in the body and leads to liver, eye, and brain issues. Symptoms of Wilson disease can present anywhere between the ages of 6 to 45 years old. When Wilson disease presents in children and teenagers, liver disease is typically the first feature. Symptoms of liver disease in individuals with Wilson disease include yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice), decreased appetite, swelling of the lower stomach (abdomen), and feeling tired (fatigue). If Wilson disease presents in an adult, nervous system or psychiatric issues are usually the first features. Symptoms include being clumsy, shaking (tremors), and problems with speech, thinking, and walking. Wilson disease also causes a copper build up in the front of the eye (retina) called a Kayser-Fleischer ring.

Wilson disease is caused by changes (mutations) in the ATP7B gene and is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner, which means a person must have a mutation in both copies of their ATP7B gene in order to have the condition. The ATP7B gene provides the instructions for the body to make a copper transporter in the liver. When both copies of this gene are mutated, the body cannot make enough of the copper transporter, which causes the buildup of copper. There are many ways to diagnose Wilson disease, including a physical examination, blood or urine tests to measure copper levels, and imaging tests (MRI and CT scan). In some cases, the doctor may collect and examine a small piece of the liver (biopsy). Genetic testing is used to confirm the diagnosis. The goal of treatment for Wilson disease is to lower copper levels in the body. There are medications and changes to diet to help decrease a person’s copper level. In some cases, a liver transplant may be needed. If your child has been diagnosed with Wilson disease, talk with their doctor about the most current treatment options.

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Pediatric Brain Foundation

Pediatric Brain Foundation's Mission is Three-fold: 1. Expedite scientific research to find treatments and cures for ALL of the more than 14 million children, in the U.S. alone, living with some form of neurological disorder 2. Provide families and health care professionals with up-to-date information and resources on the latest discoveries in pediatric neurology 3. Educate the public and public officials on the critical importance of funding pediatric neurological research

Last Updated: 22 Apr 2015

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Wilson Disease Association

The Wilson Disease Association funds research and facilitates and promotes the identification, education, treatment, and support of patients and other individuals affected by Wilson disease.

Last Updated: 10 Jan 2013

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Pediatric Brain Foundation

Pediatric Brain Foundation's Mission is Three-fold: 1. Expedite scientific research to find treatments and cures for ALL of the more than 14 million children, in the U.S. alone, living with some form of neurological disorder 2. Provide families and health care professionals with up-to-date information and resources on the latest discoveries in pediatric neurology 3. Educate the public and public officials on the critical importance of funding pediatric neurological research

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Last Updated: 22 Apr 2015

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Wilson Disease Association

The Wilson Disease Association funds research and facilitates and promotes the identification, education, treatment, and support of patients and other individuals affected by Wilson disease.

http://www.wilsonsdisease.org

Last Updated: 10 Jan 2013

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Wilson disease" returned 130 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The same haplotype for two unrelated Wilson disease patients with new ATP7B mutation.
 

Author(s): Hassan Dastsooz, Seyed Mohsen Dehghani, Majid Fardaei

Journal: Arch Iran Med. 2014 Nov;17(11):755-8.

 

Wilson disease is a rare autosomal recessive disorder of copper metabolism caused by mutation in the ATP7B gene. The combination of markers (such as SNPs) on a single chromosome can be used to understand the structure of haplotype in the human genome, in which provide notable information ...

Last Updated: 4 Nov 2014

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Characterizing brain mineral deposition in patients with Wilson disease using susceptibility-weighted imaging.
 

Author(s): Xiang-Xue Zhou, Hao-Lin Qin, Xun-Hua Li, Hai-Wei Huang, Ying-Ying Liang, Xiu-Ling Liang, Xiao-Yong Pu

Journal: Neurol India. ;62(4):362-6.

 

The aim of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of characterizing the brain-mineral deposition in patients with Wilson disease (WD) using susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI).

Last Updated: 20 Sep 2014

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Biochemical staging of the chronic hepatic lesions of Wilson disease.
 

Author(s): Yoshiaki Katano, Kazuhiko Hayashi, Ai Hattori, Yasuaki Tatsumi, Jun Ueyama, Shinya Wakusawa, Motoyoshi Yano, Hidenori Toyoda, Takashi Kumada, Naoki Mizutani, Hisao Hayashi, Hidemi Goto

Journal: Nagoya J Med Sci. 2014 Feb;76(1-2):139-48.

 

Copper toxicity steadily affects the livers of patients with Wilson disease. However, the toxic effect of copper on serum aspartate and alanine aminotransferase levels remains to be clarified as a prerequisite for diagnostic tests. The clinical records of 33 cases were analyzed to ...

Last Updated: 18 Aug 2014

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The terms "Wilson disease" returned 6 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Molecular pathogenesis of Wilson and Menkes disease: correlation of mutations with molecular defects and disease phenotypes.
 

Author(s): P de Bie, P Muller, C Wijmenga, L W J Klomp

Journal: J. Med. Genet.. 2007 Nov;44(11):673-88.

 

The trace metal copper is essential for a variety of biological processes, but extremely toxic when present in excessive amounts. Therefore, concentrations of this metal in the body are kept under tight control. Central regulators of cellular copper metabolism are the copper-transporting ...

Last Updated: 2 Nov 2007

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[Wilson disease: an update].
 

Author(s): Jeong Kee Seo

Journal: Korean J Hepatol. 2006 Sep;12(3):333-63.

 

Wilson disease (WD) is an autosomal recessive disorder of copper transport that results in accumulation of copper primarily in the liver, the brain and the cornea. WD is the most common inherited liver disease with the prevalence of 1: 37,000 in the pediatric population in Korea. ...

Last Updated: 25 Sep 2006

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Molecular mechanism of copper transport in Wilson disease.
 

Author(s): Negah Fatemi, Bibudhendra Sarkar

Journal: Environ. Health Perspect.. 2002 Oct;110 Suppl 5():695-8.

 

Wilson disease is an autosomal recessive disorder of copper metabolism. The Wilson disease protein is a putative copper-transporting P-type ATPase, ATP7B, whose malfunction results in the toxic accumulation of copper in the liver and brain, causing the hepatic and/or neurological ...

Last Updated: 11 Nov 2002

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Efficacy and Safety Study of WTX101 in Adult Wilson Disease Patients
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Wilson Disease

 

Last Updated: 12 May 2015

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Last Updated: 24 Apr 2015

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Inhibitory rTMS in Dystonic Wilson Patients
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Wilson Disease; Movement Disorders; Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

 

Last Updated: 1 Jun 2015

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