Copper - Urine Random

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    The Copper-Urine random test is a diagnostic assessment that checks for symptomatic Wilson Disease or obstructive liver diseases like biliary cirrhosis and chronic active hepatitis through the patient’s urine sample. The test measures the amount of copper present in a patient’s urine sample, through which a doctor can determine if the patient has these disorders or not.

    Copper is an essential micronutrient that plays a key role in the formation of connective tissue, bone, and melanin. It is also involved in the formation of red blood cells (RBCs) and assists in absorbing iron from the blood. It is stored in the liver and travels in the blood, attached to a protein called ceruloplasmin.

    Later, it is excreted through urine. A random urine test is, hence, helpful in determining the amount of copper present in the urine at any given time.

    If the Copper-Urine random test detects an abnormal level of copper in your body, it may point to a liver or kidney dysfunction. You should enquire about getting a Copper-Urine random test if you are experiencing the following symptoms consistently:

    • Fatigue
    • Abdominal pain
    • Jaundice
    • Stiff muscles
    • Difficulty in swallowing

    The results of the Copper-Urine random test can help diagnose symptomatic Wilson disease early because people suffering from this usually excrete more than 100 grams of copper daily. This disorder can cause liver failure and persistent neurological issues like tremors, involuntary muscle movements, clumsy gait, and speech difficulties if left untreated.

    Elevated levels of copper could also point to other disorders like cholestatic liver disease and proteinuria. Similarly, low urine copper levels are witnessed in patients suffering from malnutrition, hypoproteinemia, malabsorption, and nephrotic syndrome and are also a cause of concern. Increased zinc consumption also hampers normal copper absorption from the gastrointestinal tract, leading to hypocupremia.

    But, before taking the random urine test, it is recommended to pause all nutritional supplements, vitamins, minerals, and non-essential over-the-counter medication after consulting your physician as they may interfere with the test results. Other than that, the test requires no prior preparation and can be taken after consulting your doctor.You can get such a comprehensive Copper-Urine random test done at Apollo 24/7.

    faqFrequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Frequently asked questions

    The random urine test is a diagnostic test used to check for symptomatic Wilson disease and other liver complications. As such, the sample is collected once, randomly, to check the levels of copper in the urine. On the other hand, a 24-hour urine test involves collecting an entire day’s urine and analysing it for any discrepancies.
    Copper deficiency is usually caused due to malabsorption, most notably in the gastrointestinal tract, where it is absorbed. In addition, other conditions such as nephrotic syndrome and Menkes disease may also contribute to the issue.
    As long as copper is in controlled amounts in the blood, it allows for smooth functioning. However, excess levels of copper in the blood may result in severe issues like brain damage or liver failure. Hence, it is better to talk to your physician and take a Copper-Urine random test as soon as possible if you are symptomatic.
    In symptomatic Wilson disease, the liver’s function to filter out excess copper and release it in the form of urine is disrupted due to the lack or dysfunction of the ATP7B protein. This leads to copper build-up in essential organs like the brain, liver, and eyes, where it persists and causes long-term damage if not treated on time.
    The labs provide a special container for you to collect and submit your urine sample. The lab assistants will brief you on how to label the container with your name, date, and time of collection before submitting it for the random urine test.
    Apollo 24/7 has over 100+ labs all over India, allowing you to reach out to one near to you to get a comprehensive Copper-urine random test done. The test costs around ₹ 2000 usually.

    Why should Apollo be your preferred healthcare partner?

    • 40 Years of legacy and credibility in the healthcare industry.
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    • Affordable diagnostic solutions with timely and accurate test results.
    • Up to 60% discount on Doorstep Diagnostic Tests, Home Sample Collection.
    • An inventory of over 100+ laboratories, spread across the country, operating out of 120+ cities with 1200+ collection centers, serving over 1800+ pin codes.

    The information mentioned above is meant for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a substitute to your Physician’s advice. It is highly recommended that the customer consults with a qualified healthcare professional to interpret test results