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Ceruloplasmin

Definition:

Ceruloplasmin is a copper-containing protein. This article discusses the test to measure the level of this protein in the clear liquid part of the blood (serum).



How the test is performed:

A blood sample is needed. This may be taken from a vein. The procedure is called a venipuncture .



How to prepare for the test:

No fasting or other preparation is usually needed.



How the test will feel:

When the needle is inserted to draw blood, you may feel moderate pain, or only a prick or stinging sensation. Afterward, there may be some throbbing.



Why the test is performed:

Your health care provider may order this test if you have signs or symptoms of a copper metabolism or copper storage disorder.



Normal Values:

Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Talk to your doctor about the meaning of your specific test results.



What abnormal results mean:

Lower-than-normal ceruloplasmin levels may be due to:

Higher-than-normal ceruloplasmin levels may be due to:



What the risks are:

Veins and arteries vary in size from one patient to another and from one side of the body to the other. Obtaining a blood sample from some people may be more difficult than from others.

Other risks associated with having blood drawn are slight but may include:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • Fainting or feeling light-headed
  • Hematoma (blood accumulating under the skin)
  • Infection (a slight risk any time the skin is broken)


References:

Bacon BR. Inherited and metabolic disorders of the liver. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 153.

Cox DW, Roberts EA. Wilson disease. In: Feldman M, FriedmanLS, Brandt LJ, eds. Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2010:chap 75.

Kaler SG. Wilson’s disease. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 218.

 




Review Date: 2/2/2013
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