Sample Type: SERUM
Copper testing is usually done to diagnose a rare condition called Wilson's disease, wherein the liver is unable to clear copper from body leading to its deposition in the liver, brain and other organs. It may also be used if other forms of copper toxicity or deficiency is suspected. Typically serum ceruloplasmin and if required a 24 hour urinary copper is also checked along with serum copper.
Test is performed on a blood sample. Pregnancy, oral contraceptives, infection, inflammation, and stress can all increase the copper levels. Corticosteroid medications can reduce copper levels. No preparation is required for the test, but make sure y