This blood test measures Ceruloplasmin levels. Copper is an essential mineral that is absorbed through the intestine and transported to the liver where it may be stored, used in iron metabolism or used to synthesize needed enzymes.

About 95% of the copper in the blood is bound to ceruloplasmin. Elevated ceruloplasmin levels have been associated with inflammatory processes such as Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, angina, severe infection and schizophrenia. Certain medications such as oral contraceptives may cause an elevation in ceruloplasmin.

Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

No fasting required.

Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.