Wilson Disease

Wilson Disease is a rare inherited disorder where the nutrient copper is not properly processed by the liver and accumulates in vital organs. The build-up of copper can lead to serious and life-threatening illness of the liver and central nervous system. The disease can usually be managed with medication and diet and sometimes a liver transplant is needed.

About one in 30,000 people have Wilson disease. Symptoms usually appear between the ages of 5 and 35.

For additional information and resources, visit the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases and The Mayo Clinic website.