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|Performed by||UC Irvine|
|Patient Preparation||The patient should refrain from taking vitamins or mineral supplements for at least one week prior to specimen collection.|
|Collection Instructions||Click here for detailed instructions for collecting samples for Trace Metals|
|Container type||Navy blue top (EDTA) tube|
|Amount to Collect||5 mL blood|
|Sample type||EDTA Plasma|
|Preferred volume||1 mL plasma|
|Min. Volume||0.6 mL plasma|
|UCSF Rejection Criteria||Hemolyzed samples|
|Processing notes||Follow the detailed processing instructions for Trace Metal Analysis.
Centrifuge and separate plasma from cells within 6 hours of collection.
Pour to transfer plasma into screw-capped trace element container and ship frozen. Do NOT use a glass pipette.
|Synonyms||Cu; Wilson's disease; Menke's disease|
|Stability||Room temperature 1 day, refrigerated 2 weeks, frozen 6 months.|
|Turn around times||Test run Monday-Friday. Turnaround time: 2-6 days.|
|Additional information||To convert µg/L to µmol/L (SI units), multiply by 0.0157.
Copper is an essential element that is a cofactor of many enzymes. Copper metabolism is disturbed in Wilson's disease, Menkes disease, primary biliary cirrhosis, and Indian childhood cirrhosis. Urinary copper concentrations are also useful to monitor patients on chelation therapy.
|Last Updated||12/9/2013 2:17:35 PM|