Wilson's disease, a genetic disorder caused by a buildup of copper in the body, affects around 1 in 30,000 people in the United States, making it a very rare condition. It can cause symptoms to appear in the brain as well as other structures of the body, such as the bones and muscles. Some of the symptoms can be severe, including problems with the liver, making treatment of Wilson's disease a priority. Find out about the top 10 symptoms of Wilson disease.
The most common symptom of Wilson's disease is the appearance of Kayser-Fleischer rings, and it's often the first sign doctors look for. Kayser-Fleischer rings are formed by the deposition of copper in the Descemet membrane in the eye. Kayser-Fleischer rings may appear greenish gold, brown, or any color in between. Sometimes the rings are visible to the naked eye, while in other cases they require an ophthalmoscope to be seen. Nearly everyone with Wilson's disease reports this symptom.
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