Quest Diagnostics Test Code: 3481
Copper is an essential element that is a cofactor of many enzymes. Copper metabolism is distributed in Wilson’s disease, Menkes disease, primary biliary cirrhosis, and Indian childhood cirrhosis. Copper concentrations increase in acute phase reactions. Copper concentrations are also useful to monitor patients, especially preterm newborns, on nutritional supplementation.
Copper is a vital mineral that is needed for essential functions in the body. Copper is required in the body for the production of most enzymes. These enzymes are specifically important in iron metabolism and in the formation of connective tissue. Copper gets in the body via diet or supplements. It can be found in chocolate, mushrooms, whole grains and nuts. This test is used to detect copper in the red blood cells which is a more sensitive test for copper and will detect copper deficiency and storage disorders like Wilsons disease sooner than a normal blood test will.
This test is performed in following conditions such as:
• Nausea, abdominal pain
• Behavioral changes
• Difficulty walking and/or swallowing
Also Known As: Cu
The Copper, Blood (Serum) test has no special requirements.
Estimated Time Taken
Turnaround for this test is typically 4-7 business days.