Wilson's Disease Blood Test
Wilson’s Disease Blood Test
This package includes several tests which are commonly used to aid in diagnosing Wilson's Disease. Wilson's Disease is an inherited disorder which disrupts the body's normal process of eliminating excess copper. A small amount of copper is necessary for good health, Normally, copper the body does not need is processed through the liver and excreted with bodily waste. In people with Wilson's Disease, copper builds up in the liver. Damage to the liver can cause copper to be released into the bloodstream where it can damage other organs including the brain, eyes, and kidneys. The Wilson's Disease Panel measures blood levels of Copper and Ceruloplasmin, a protein which transports copper through the body,
People with Wilson's Disease have it at birth but it can take years for symptoms to develop. Common symptoms include fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, jaundice, swelling in the legs or abdomen, loss of coordination, difficulty speaking, and loss of muscle control.
The Wilson's Disease Panel is typically ordered when a person is experiencing symptoms of Wilson's Disease or has a family history of the disorder. It can also help to monitor treatment.
Turnaround for these tests is typically 2-4 business days.