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Wilsonís disease is a rare and frequently misdiagnosed condition

Wilsonís disease occurs when a personís body is incapable of removing ingested copper. The copper builds up and eventually leads to liver disease or brain damage. Symptoms include movement problems, speech difficulties, difficulty coordinating muscles, tremors and behavioural problems. Wilsonís disease is quite rare (1 in 30,000 people worldwide) and often misdiagnosed as Parkinsonís Disease, multiple sclerosis and hepatitis. Treatment is available but some may increase the brain damage. Early diagnosis provides the best prognosis.

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About: Wilsonís disease is a rare and frequently misdiagnosed condition

Date: 2 November 2004

Source: Click 2 Houston


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