Wilson Disease: Excess Copper Can Wreak Havoc on the Human Body

Wilson disease is one of those conditions that creeps up on the patient.

The disease causes the body to be unable to properly metabolize copper, which as a result, builds up slowly in certain organs such as the brain and the liver.

The accumulation leads to a host of problems including liver failure, psychiatric problems, and neurological problems.

One of the problems with getting a diagnosis is the fact that Wilson disease must be looked for specifically. Scientists in the healthcare field believe that probably half of the people who have this disorder are undiagnosed, so raising awareness is truly important, not only for patients, but also for the research community. It’s no secret that funding typically goes to the diseases that receive the most publicity.

If you’d like to learn more about Wilson’s disease, please watch the video below.


Erica Zahn

Erica Zahn

Erica Zahn is passionate about raising awareness of rare diseases and disorders and helping people connect with the resources that may ease their journey. Erica has been a caregiver, and is a patient, herself, so she completely relates to the rare disease community--on a deeply personal level.

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