Wilson Disease Screening Panel, Serum (Temporary Referral as of 08/16/16)
Ordering Recommendation

Preferred panel to diagnose conditions of copper overload in symptomatic patients or individuals with a family history of Wilson disease (WD). Directly measured, free (non-ceruloplasmin bound) fraction of copper is included. To monitor response to copper-reducing therapies, refer to Copper, Serum Free (Direct) (0020596).

Quantitative Immunoturbidimetry/Quantitative Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry
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1-5 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Diet, medication, and nutritional supplements may introduce interfering substances. Patient should be encouraged to discontinue nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals, and non-essential over-the-counter medications (upon the advice of their physician).  
Royal blue (no additive).  
Specimen Preparation
Centrifuge and pour off serum ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Do not allow serum to remain on cells. Transfer 4 mL serum (Min: 2.5 mL) to an ARUP Trace Element-Free Transport Tube (ARUP supply #43116). Available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect or contact ARUP Client Services at (800) 522-2787.  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Unacceptable Conditions
Separator tubes. Specimens that are not separated from the red cells or clot.  
After separation from cells: Ambient: 8 hours; Refrigerated: 72 hours; Frozen: 1 month  
Reference Interval
Test Number
Reference Interval
0020096Copper, Serum or PlasmaEffective November 14, 2011
0-10 years75-153 µg/dL75-153 µg/dL
11 years-12 years64-132 µg/dL64-132 µg/dL
13 years-18 years57-129 µg/dL57-129 µg/dL
19 years and older70-140 µg/dL80-155 µg/dL

0050160Ceruloplasmin (Temporary Referral as of 08/16/16)
6 months-6 years18-37 mg/dL
7-17 years20-43 mg/dL
18 years and older17-54 mg/dL

0020596Copper, Serum Free (Direct)0.0-10.0 µg/dL

Interpretive Data
Free copper (direct) is determined with serum ultrafiltrate. In Wilson disease or other conditions of copper overload, serum ceruloplasmin is usually low and free copper (direct) is usually high. Other tests used to diagnosis Wilson disease include 24-hour urine copper, and hepatic copper. Slit lamp examination for Kayser-Fleischer rings and genetic testing may also be helpful.

Elevated results from tubes not certified metal-free may be due to contamination.  Elevated levels should be confirmed with a second specimen collected in a metal-free tube.
CPT Code(s)
82390; 82525 x2
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0020096Copper, Serum/Plasma5631-7
0020596Copper, Serum Free (Direct)5631-7
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