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Wilson disease

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Wilson disease, also known as hepatolenticular degeneration

Wilson disease

Wilson disease is a rare genetic disorder that causes copper to accumulate in body tissues, including the liver, brain and eyes. If it’s not treated it may cause liver (hepatic) disease, central nervous system dysfunction and death.

People with Wilson disease are usually diagnosed between the ages of 5 and 35, most often as teens.

When diagnosed early, Wilson disease is treatable, and many people with the disorder live normal lives. Treatment is aimed at reducing the amount of copper that has accumulated in the body and maintaining normal copper levels going forward.

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We are jumpstarting our Wilson disease program to accelerate research for the condition. We welcome all patients and caregivers interested in participating and spreading the word to the Wilson disease community.

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