Copper, Random Urine
Useful in the assessment of overload.
Quantitative Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS)
New York DOH Approval Status
Diet, medication, and nutritional supplements may introduce interfering substances. Patients should be encouraged to discontinue nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals, and nonessential over-the-counter medications (upon the advice of their physician). Collection from patients receiving iodinated or gadolinium-based contrast media must be avoided for a minimum of 72 hours postexposure. Collection from patients with impaired kidney function should be avoided for a minimum of 14 days postcontrast media exposure.
Transfer an 8 mL aliquot from a well-mixed collection to ARUP Trace Element-Free Transport Tubes (ARUP supply #43116), available online through eSupply using ARUP Connect or contact ARUP Client Services at 800-522-2787. (Min: 1 mL)
Refrigerated. Also acceptable: Room temperature or frozen.
Specimens collected within 72 hours after administration of iodinated or gadolinium-based contrast media. Acid preserved urine. Specimens transported in containers other than specified. Specimens contaminated with blood or fecal material.
Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 1 year
Effective February 16, 2021
|Copper, Urine||Less than or equal to 3.2 µg/dL|
|Copper Urine - ratio to CRT||10.0-45.0 µg/gCRT|
Individuals with symptomatic Wilson disease usually excrete more than 100 g copper per day. Other conditions associated with elevated urine copper include cholestatic liver disease, proteinuria, some medications, and contaminated specimens.
Although random specimens may contain diagnostic information, 24-hour collection is a more consistent indicator of elevated copper.
Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)
High concentrations of iodine or gadolinium may interfere with elemental testing.
|Component Test Code*||Component Chart Name||LOINC|
|0020100||Copper, Urine - per volume||5632-5|
|0020207||Creatinine, Urine - per volume||2161-8|
|0025064||Copper, Urine - ratio to CRT||13829-7|
- 24-hour urine copper
- Copper/Creatinine Ratio, Urine
- Normalized Urine Copper
- Normalized Urine Cu