24 hour urine copper is measured to assist with the diagnosis of Wilson's disease.
|Tube||24h Plain Urine|
|Additional Information||Urine copper excretion is elevated in Wilson's disease but this is not a specific finding. Proteinuria, other liver dieases e.g. autoimmune hepatitis and use of any chelating agents will elevate urine copper excretion.|
|Turn Around||7 days|
|Send to||Specialist Laboratory Medicine,
St James's University Hospital,
|Collection Con||Accurately timed 24 hour collection in a plain container. A random sample can be used where 24 hour collection is impossible e.g. young children.|
|Sample REQ||Plain 24 hour urine. Store at 4C prior to analysis.|