The critical issue in this week's CSI-Miami was Wilson's Disease, which caused the severe illness and death of several young show characters. Unfortunately, if that program's viewers depended on the information conveyed in that one hour show, they would have been seriously misled.
While Wilson disease does affect young people, it is inherited from both parents (not just one parent) who carry a genetic mutation, which causes this disease of copper metabolism involving liver function, neurologic disorder, movement disorder, speech disorder and conditions such as personality changes and depression. While the disease may be fatal, competent medical evaluation at a center of excellence should lead to a proper diagnosis and treatment and a normal life expectancy.
Need information about Wilson disease? Check out these links ,  and  which will provide reliable current data about this uncommon condition which may be life-saving. If someone in the family has Wilson's Disease, share the information you obtain from these links and other expert sources with the appropriate family health care providers and join the Wilson's Disease Association.