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Wilson's disease 

Wilson's disease
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Wilson's disease
Author(s):

Ivan Donaldson

, C. David Marsden

, Susanne A. Schneider

, and Kailash P. Bhatia

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780192619112.003.0440
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date: 29 May 2020

WD is a syndrome characterized by a progressive neurological condition which is dominated by a variety of movement disorders, associated with liver disease, caused by copper poisoning due to failure to excrete copper in bile. It is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait, so there is a one in four possibility that other siblings may be affected. The chances of a patient with WD bearing a child from a heterozygote carrier are very remote. However, WD obviously occurs with greater frequency in consanguineous matings.

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