Wilson's disease is also known as hepatolenticular degeneration.
Wilson's disease is a rare inherited disorder that affects the nervous system and causes copper to build up in the body.
People with Wilson's disease typically develop symptoms in their teens or early adulthood.
There are a variety of signs and symptoms associated with Wilson's disease.
They can be divided into three categories: neurological, psychiatric, and hepatic.
Some people have one symptom while others may have more than one.
If you have Wilson's disease, there are treatments that can help prevent or delay the progression of the disease.
There is no cure for Wilson's disease, but treatment can help manage the symptoms and improve your quality of life.
Patients are prescribed medication that binds copper so it cannot be absorbed by the body.
These drugs include penicillamine (Cuprimine) or trientine (Syprine).
They may also need to take zinc supplements because zinc helps block absorption of copper.
These medications need to be taken regularly in order to work.