COPPER, SERUM

Mnemonic

COP

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Serum or Plasma, one 6.0 mL royal blue top tube (no additive) or one (K2EDTA or Na2EDTA) royal blue top tube.

Handling

Allow serum to clot completely at room temperature (minimum: 30 minutes). Centrifuge and separate serum or plasma from cells within 2 hours of collection. Place into a trace element metal-free transfer tube (view image).

Documentation verifying our supplied transfer tubes are trace element metal-free.

Preferred Volume

2.0 mL Serum/Plasma

Minimum Volume

0.6 mL Serum or Plasma, (1.8 mL minimum Whole Blood draw)

Transport

Refrigerated (2-8°C)

Rejection Criteria

Plasma collected in tube with anticoagulant other than EDTA; Hemolyzed specimens

Stability

AFTER SEPARATION FROM CELLS:  Room Temperature (18-26°C):  24 hours; Refrigerated (2-8°C): 7 days; Frozen (≤ -20°C): 28 days.

Testing Information

Performed

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Reported

2-6 days

Method

Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy - Flame

Reference Values

Reference Values

Age

Male

Female

0-6 months

20 – 70 µg/dL

20 – 70 µg/dL

6 months – 6 years

90 – 190 µg/dL

90 – 190 µg/dL

6 - 12 years

80 – 160 µg/dL

80 – 160 µg/dL

≥12 years

70 – 140 µg/dL

80 – 155 µg/dL

CPT Codes

82525

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 03:42:05 AM