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COPPER

About the test
What is this test done for?
Copper test is done to measure the amount of copper in the blood.
Why is it Done?
It is done to identify excess or deficiency of copper. This test is used to diagnose conditions like Wilson’s disease which is a rare disorder where copper gets deposited in the brain, liver or other organs.
When should it be performed?

The test is performed when the signs and symptoms are suggestive of Wilson’s disease or copper deficiency like:

  • Anemia
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Tremors
  • Difficulty walking
  • Dystonia
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Osteoporosis
  • Delayed growth in children.
How is it done
A blood sample will be collected from a vein in your arm. For doing the test, fasting is not required prior to sample collection.
Results
  • The normal levels are 70 to 140mg/dL.
  • Below normal copper levels indicate Wilson’s disease.
  • Above normal copper levels indicate chronic liver disease.
  • The levels also help to administer the doses of medications and monitor therapy.
Other Tests
Ceruloplasmin is an important test to be performed to confirm diagnosis and understand the deficiency of copper.
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