What is the importance of early diagnosis of Wilson disease?

Updated: Feb 14, 2019
  • Author: Richard K Gilroy, MBBS, FRACP; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Although it is extremely rare in clinical practice, Wilson disease is important because it is often fatal if not recognized and treated when symptomatic. Often, the diagnosis is not made until adulthood, despite manifestations of the disease beginning to develop in childhood. (See Differentials, Treatment, and Medication.)


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