Wilson's disease presenting as acute fulminant hepatic failure

Scott Med J. 1990 Aug;35(4):118-9. doi: 10.1177/003693309003500410.


A fatal case of fulminant hepatic failure in an adolescent is described. Post-mortem examination revealed the cause to be Wilson's Disease. This rare presentation is characterised by apparently atypical changes in copper metabolism. Wilson's Disease should be a differential diagnosis of any adolescent presenting in liver failure.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Copper / blood
  • Family
  • Female
  • Hepatolenticular Degeneration / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Liver Diseases / etiology*


  • Copper