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Wilson's disease is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder in which copper accumulates in tissues, this manifests as neurological or psychiatric symptoms and liver disease. Children can have Wilson disease for several years before any signs and symptoms occur. People with Wilson disease may have
• liver-related signs and symptoms
• central nervous system-related signs and symptoms
• mental health-related signs and symptoms
• other signs and symptoms
HOW IS WILSON'S DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of this problem is done mostly by Genetic testing, which is followed up with urine tests, blood tests and also tissue tests from the liver.
HOW IS WILSON'S DISEASE TREATED?
The goal of treatment is to reduce the amount of copper in the tissues. This is done by a procedure called chelation -- certain medications can bind to copper and help remove it through the kidneys or gut. Treatment must be lifelong. Symptoms may be treated with exercise or physical therapy. People who are confused or unable to care for themselves may need special protective measures. A liver transplant may be considered in cases where the liver is severely damaged by the disease
DID YOU KNOW?
The problem can turn out to be fatal in case the same is not treated on time with complete liver failure.