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Copper, Urine

Mnemonic

COPPER U

Guidelines

Diet, medication, and nutritional supplements may introduce interfering substances. Patients should be encouraged to discontinue nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals, and non-essential over-the-counter medications (upon the advice of their physician). High concentrations of iodine may interfere with elemental testing. Abstinence from iodine-containing medications or contrast agents for at least 1 month prior to collecting specimens for elemental testing is recommended.

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

24-hour or random urine collection. Specimen must be collected in a plastic container. ARUP studies indicate that refrigeration of urine alone, during and after collection, preserves specimens adequately if tested within 14 days of collection.

Handling

Transfer 8 mL aliquot from a well-mixed collection to Trace Element-Free Transport Tubes. Available through Legacy Client Services. (Min: 2 mL)

Preferred Volume

8 mL

Minimum Volume

1 mL

Transport

Refrigerated

Rejection Criteria

Urine collected within 48 hours after administration of a gadolinium (Gd) containing contrast media (may occur with MRI studies). Acid preserved urine. Specimens contaminated with blood or fecal material. Specimens transported in non-trace element-free transport tube (with the exception of the original device).

Stability

Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 1 year

Testing Information

Performed

Sun-Sat

Reported

1-5 days

Method

Quantitative Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry

Referral Lab

ARUP (0020461)

Reference Values

Reference Values

Interpretation provided.

CPT Codes

82525

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 12:44:45 AM


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