Wilson’s disease is a genetic disease that may cause copper build up which effects both the brain and liver.
Wilson’s disease affects about 1 in 30,000 people in the world. Wilson’s disease commonly occurs where first cousins reproduce together.
The copper builds up typically start at around 12-23 years of age. Noticing other symptoms such as changes in a person’s speech, uncontrollable aggression, and depression can aid in early detection.
If caught and treated early, there is less of a chance for copper to spread throughout the blood stream.
When diagnosed late, copper can be released and built up into various organs. The copper can accumulate in the brain, eyes, and even in the kidneys. If left untreated, excessive copper can lead to severe brain damage, liver failure, and even death.
With medical advances, Wilson’s disease can be caught early and a person can live a completely normal life.