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Wilson's disease (WD) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder of copper metabolism resulting in copper-induced tissue damage that primarily involves the liver and central nervous system. The neurologic manifestations of WD almost universally involve a derangement of basal ganglia function or psychiatric disturbance. We report the case of a 46-year-old man presenting with end-stage liver disease caused by WD who had associated rapidly progressive optic neuropathy. We also discuss the possible association between the two conditions.

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Gastroenterol Hepatol

Publication Date

06/2001

Volume

16

Pages

699 - 701

Keywords

Hepatolenticular Degeneration, Humans, Liver Failure, Male, Middle Aged, Optic Nerve Diseases, Vision Disorders