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A 23-year-old female asked:

my serum copper is 40.5 umol/l (range: 13.0-25.0). my ceruplasmin is 0.55 g/l (range: 0.18-0.40). what could cause these excessive levels?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
You may have: A variant of wilson's disease. Ask the doc this question. If he/she has ruled it out, it is possible that it is due to deficiency of zinc. This deficiency drives copper levels up while copper deficiency drives zinc levels up.

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How/where is the brain affected by copper accumulation?

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Copper: Excess copper in the body is released in the blood and can accumulate in the tissues, particularly in the kidneys, eyes, and brain. When it goes to the brain, it usually deposits in nerves that are associated with movement, perception, and mood regulation. This causes a patient to lose coordination and become clumsy. Seizures, migraines, and cognitive defects may also result from excess copper.
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Is it better to use serums in the morning than at night?

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Is it safe to use copper bracelet when you have osteoarthritis?

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A 49-year-old member asked:

For a serum calcium, when is a low value concerning? At what value would u be concerned?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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7.0 mg/dL: The concern would depend on the cause of low calcium as it may be asymptomatic to life threatening. Common symptoms are tetany/cramps, seizures, and neuromuscular problems. For more information consult the following site: http://www.Clevelandclinicmeded.Com/medicalpubs/diseasemanagement/endocrinology/hypocalcemia/.

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