Ceruloplasmin Blood Test
The Ceruloplasmin Blood Test measures ceruloplasmin levels in the blood to screen for Wilson's disease and other copper deficiency conditions.
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this Ceruloplasmin Blood Test, which is used to screen for Wilson's disease and other copper deficiency conditions by measuring ceruloplasmin levels in the blood. Ceruloplasmin is a protein produced by the liver that aids in transporting copper throughout the body. Copper is essential for properly functioning and maintaining the brain, kidneys, liver, and bone tissue. The human body does not produce copper on its own; it has to be obtained through the food we eat. Any excess copper is filtered out of the body as waste.
Foods rich in copper include:
- Whole grains
- Organ meats
- Various types of seafood
A ceruloplasmin test is typically performed in conjunction with copper testing. It is primarily used to diagnose Wilson's disease, a rare genetic condition that impairs the body's ability to eliminate excess copper. This disease can lead to the accumulation of dangerous levels of copper in various organs, including the liver and brain. In addition, the test can also help detect conditions that result in a copper deficiency, such as:
- Malnutrition - is a condition where you are not getting enough nutrients in your diet
- Malabsorption - is a condition that makes it hard for your body to absorb and use the nutrients you eat
- Menkes syndrome - a rare, incurable genetic disease
The test is also utilized as a diagnostic tool for identifying liver disease.
When should I order a Ceruloplasmin Blood Test?
Individuals may order this test if they have experienced symptoms related to Wilson disease, such as:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
- Behavioral changes
- Difficulty walking
- Persistent involuntary muscle contractions that cause repetitive or twisting motions
- Trouble swallowing or speaking
- Dark brown rings around the iris of the eyes
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