Copper

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Synonym/Acronym:

Cu.

Rationale

To evaluate and monitor for copper deficiency (e.g., Menkes disease/syndrome) or elevated copper levels (e.g., Wilson disease).

Patient Preparation

There are no food, fluid, activity, or medication restrictions unless by medical direction.

Normal Findings

Method: Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry.

AgeConventional UnitsSI Units (Conventional Units × 0.157)
Newborn9–46 mcg/dL1.4–7.2 micromol/L
Child60–150 mcg/dL9.4–23.6 micromol/L
15–19 yr80–171 mcg/dL12.6–26.8 micromol/L
Adult
  Male71–141 mcg/dL11.1–22.1 micromol/L
  Female80–155 mcg/dL12.6–24.3 micromol/L
  Pregnant female118–302 mcg/dL18.5–47.4 micromol/L
Values increase in older adults.

Critical Findings and Potential Interventions

N/A

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Synonym/Acronym:

Cu.

Rationale

To evaluate and monitor for copper deficiency (e.g., Menkes disease/syndrome) or elevated copper levels (e.g., Wilson disease).

Patient Preparation

There are no food, fluid, activity, or medication restrictions unless by medical direction.

Normal Findings

Method: Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry.

AgeConventional UnitsSI Units (Conventional Units × 0.157)
Newborn9–46 mcg/dL1.4–7.2 micromol/L
Child60–150 mcg/dL9.4–23.6 micromol/L
15–19 yr80–171 mcg/dL12.6–26.8 micromol/L
Adult
  Male71–141 mcg/dL11.1–22.1 micromol/L
  Female80–155 mcg/dL12.6–24.3 micromol/L
  Pregnant female118–302 mcg/dL18.5–47.4 micromol/L
Values increase in older adults.

Critical Findings and Potential Interventions

N/A

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