This test measures the amount of copper in the blood. Copper is a mineral which is essential for a number of bodily functions. Copper toxicity can occur in people with Wilson's disease, a condition which causes copper to build up in tissues throughout the body. Copper deficiency can be the result of disorders which prevent the proper absorption of mineral and nutrients such as Celiac Disease or Cystic Fibrosis.
Copper blood testing is usually done to aid in the diagnosis of Wilson's Disease when a person is experiencing symptoms such as nausea, abdominal pain, jaundice, fatigue, tremors, difficulty walking, difficulty swallowing and muscle contractions. A Ceruloplasmin test is often ordered along with copper testing. Ceruloplasmin is an enzyme which contains most of the bound copper in the body.
Turnaround time for this test is typically 2-4 business days.
Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
The Copper, Blood (Serum) test has no special requirements.
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