Copper, RBC
Fasting Required: No

Specimen: Blood

Results: 5-7 Business Days

Description: Copper is an essential mineral that the body absorbs into enzymes. These enzymes play a role in the regulation of iron metabolism, development of connective tissue, energy production at the cellular level, the creation of melanin (the pigment that produces skin color), and the function of the nervous system and brain.

Copper metabolism is disturbed in Wilson's disease, Menkes disease, primary biliary cirrhosis, and Indian childhood cirrhosis. Copper concentrations increase in acute phase reactions. Copper concentrations are decreased with nephrosis, malabsorption, and malnutrition. Copper concentrations are also useful to monitor patients, especially preterm newborns, on nutritional supplementation.

Methodology: Inductively-Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS) • Atomic Spectroscopy (AS)

Alternative Names: Cu, Blood Copper

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