The University of Chicago Medicine physicians collaborate closely and work as a team to diagnose and treat Wilson’s disease. Treatment plans for Wilson’s disease depend on the extent of organs involved and overall health of the patient. Your treatment plan will be developed by multiple specialists and designed to fit your specific needs.

What is Wilson’s disease?

Wilson’s disease is a rare, inherited disorder in which copper builds up in the liver. Over time, the extra copper gets into your bloodstream and collects in other organs, such as your eyes and brain. This can damage your organs and become life-threatening. Symptoms may take years or even decades to develop and vary depending on the organs affected.

Treating Wilson’s disease

No cure currently exists for Wilson’s disease, and treatment depends on the severity of your symptoms, your age and your general health. The goal of treatment is to reduce the amount of copper in your body. This can be done by taking copper-chelating medications that help your body’s organs and tissues get rid of extra copper through the urine and by avoiding foods that contain copper.

Frequently Asked Questions about Wilson’s Disease