Children’s liver foundation had organised ‘living with Wilson’s’ , an interactive support group meeting for patients with Wilson disease on 29th August 2015.
All the patients and visitors were greeted by Mrs Sanjeevani Patwardhan, herself a patient of Wilson’s disease. She tied hand made rakhis (wrist bands) to all and gave them sweets made of Moong dal (a pulse low in copper content)
What is Wilson disease?
- Wilson disease is a genetic disorder in which copper does not get excreted from the body. This excess copper builds up in the liver, brain, eyes, and other organs. If left untreated, Wilson disease can cause severe brain damage and neurological symptoms, liver failure, and death.
What are the symptoms of Wilson disease?
The presentation may occur from 3 to 55 years of age. It is suspected when a young patient presents with acute liver failure or cirrhosis.
Symptoms of Wilson disease depend on the predominantly affected organ and include:
- recurrent jaundice,
- abdominal distension (fluid in the abdomen)