Copper is an essential element that is a cofactor of many enzymes. Copper metabolism is disturbed in Wilson's disease, Menkes diseases, primary biliary cirrhosis, and Indian childhood cirrhosis. Copper concentrations increase in acute phase reactions and during the third trimester of pregnancy. Copper concentrations are decreased with nephrosis, malabsorption, and malnutrition. Copper concentrations are also useful to monitor patients, especially preterm newborns, on nutritional supplementation. Results of copper are often interpreted together with ceruloplasmin.
Separate serum or plasma from cells within two hours. Transfer
separated serum/plasma to a plastic acid washed or metal free vial.
Transport Temperature: Room temperature
Reject Criteria: Hemolysis; serum or plasma not separated from cells;
samples submitted in non-trace metal or non acid washed containers.
Sunday, Wednesday, Friday
Reported (Analytical Time)
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