Wilson's disease in pregnancy: Case series and review of literature

Ayesha Malik, Ali Khawaja, Lumaan Sheikh

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Background: Wilson's disease is a rare, autosomal recessive inherited disorder characterized by impaired liver metabolism of copper leading to decreased biliary excretion and incorporation of ceruloplasmin levels mainly in the liver and brain. Untreated Wilson's disease has been shown to cause subfertility and even in cases where pregnancy occurs, it often results in spontaneous miscarriage. Case presentations. We present four cases of successful pregnancy outcomes in three patients diagnosed with Wilson's disease along with the literature review. All the patients were managed with zinc sulphate without any postnatal complications. Conclusion: Patients with Wilson's disease receiving regular treatment who remain asymptomatic are usually able to conceive and achieve successful outcomes. However, these pregnancies should be considered high risk and merit regular surveillance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number421
JournalBMC Research Notes
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Copper metabolism
  • Infertility
  • Pregnancy
  • Wilson's disease
  • Zinc sulphate


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