Copper

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Synonym/Acronym:
Cu.

Rationale
To evaluate and monitor exposure to copper and to assist in diagnosing 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
Child80–150 mcg/dL12.6–23.6 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 for people of African descent are 8% to 12% higher. Values increase in older adults.

Critical Findings and Potential Interventions
N/A

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