What is the presentation of Wilson disease in elderly patients?

Updated: Feb 14, 2019
  • Author: Richard K Gilroy, MBBS, FRACP; Chief Editor: Praveen K Roy, MD, AGAF  more...
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Almost all patients have significant hepatic and neuropsychiatric symptoms before reaching the geriatric age group. Patients with Wilson disease who are untreated will most likely present with fulminant hepatic failure or with signs and symptoms of cirrhosis in the geriatric population. Consideration for liver transplantation is less likely with advancing age.


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