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Are you suffering from recurrent jaundice?
Have you seen a significant change in your child's handwriting in the past few months?
If yes, then do not ignore these signs of liver and brain problem as it might be a warning sign of Wilson's disease, says Dr Aabha Nagral, liver specialist, Jaslok and Apollo Hospital, Mumbai. A rare disorder, Wilson's disease is caused due to a defect in the body's ability to process copper, which leads to accumulation of copper as you are unable to get rid of it. The disease mainly occurs in young adults and children beyond three years of age and it either affects the brain, liver or both (in some cases). Read more on what it s like living with Wilson s Disease
Symptoms of Wilson's disease
The symptoms are usually dependant on where more of the copper is deposited, which is the abnormality in Wilson's disease. The copper primarily accumulates in the liver, brain and also eyes. So depending on which organ is affected, the symptoms vary.
If copper deposits in the brain, then symptoms include --
If copper deposits in the liver, then the signs that might indicate Wilson's disease include -
Other symptoms like fatigue, lack of appetite, swelling of the feet, fluid accumulation in the abdomen, distention of the abdomen, black stools, blood vomit-are some of the general symptoms of liver disease, which are not specific of Wilson's disease.
If copper gets deposited in the eyes, it results in Kayser-Fleischer rings, which are rusty brown coloured rings surrounding the edge of the iris and in the rime of the cornea. This is one of the unique symptoms of Wilson's disease, which is usually detected during an eye examination. Read more on what your eyes say about your health.
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