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Copper & Zinc

Alias: Cu, Zn

Discipline: Clinical Chemistry

Test information: From July 2024 Copper & Zinc will be a dual test, and ICE/MAXIMS will ask for blood to be taken into a Trace Elements Tubes (adults).
Zinc is measured when toxicity is suspected with for example taking excess dietary supplements and to investigate and unexplainably low copper. Can also be requested on patients with severe eczema, and those with malabsorption.
Copper can be measured in the investigation of disorders of copper metabolism, commonly Wilson's Disease, though the frontline tests are Caeruloplasmin & 24hr urine Copper.
Patients on long term Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), enteral feeds (6 monthly intervals) or Phenylketonuria, and low BMI patients have their Copper/Zinc monitored.

Specimen Type(s)
  • Blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Royal Blue Top BD;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • Clear - Plain;
  • N/A;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
3 ml
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
Maximum add on time
No add ons.
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
Please see the report.
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?
Currently in the process of being added to UKAS as extension to scope since moved to ICP-MS.

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Last updated: 03-07-2024