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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 57-61

Wilson disease: A case study

1 III Year, B.Sc (N) Nursing Student, CON, CMC, Vellore, India
2 Reader, College of Nursing, CMC, Vellore, India

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Wilson disease, also called hepatolenticular degeneration is an autosomal recessive defect in cellular copper transport. A defect in biliary excretion leads to accumulation of copper in the liver, causing progressive liver injury and cirrhosis. The recommended initial treatment for symptomatic patients or those with active disease is administering chelating agents such as D-Penicillamine. The definitive treatment is liver transplant. This article focuses on the nursing care of a patient with Wilson disease and using the nursing process approach, a case study is presented.

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