A copper, serum/plasma trace metal test measures the level of copper in your blood. Copper is an essential trace mineral that plays a vital role in many functions of the body, including the production of red blood cells, maintaining healthy bones and blood vessels, and supporting the immune system.
The benefits of getting a copper, serum/plasma trace metal test include:
Detecting copper deficiencies: Low levels of copper in the blood can lead to anemia, decreased white blood cell count, and other health problems.
Diagnosing Wilson’s disease: High levels of copper in the blood can indicate Wilson’s disease, a rare inherited disorder that causes copper to accumulate in the liver, brain, and other organs, leading to liver damage and neurological problems.
Monitoring treatment for Wilson’s disease: Regular monitoring of copper levels is essential for patients with Wilson’s disease to ensure that their treatment is effective and to prevent complications.
Evaluating liver function: Copper, along with other liver function tests, can be used to evaluate liver health and detect liver damage or disease.
Assessing nutritional status: Copper is an essential nutrient, and measuring its level in the blood can help to evaluate your nutritional status and identify any deficiencies.