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Ceruloplasmin is a test that measures the amount of ceruloplasmin (a copper-containing protein) in blood serum. This test may be performed when disorders of copper metabolism or storage are suspected. Ceruloplasmin is the major copper-containing protein in plasma.
Ceruloplasmin is a glycoprotein synthesized by liver. Approx. 80% Of the body\'s copper is bound to ceruloplasmin. It also plays an important role in normal erythropoiesis. It is decreased in 75% patients of wilsons disease. It is also decreased in malabsorbtion, nephrosis, copper defficiency associated with parenteral nutrition. The levels are increased in pregnancy, hyperthyroidism, infection, aplastic anemia, acute leukemia, hodgkins disease, cirrhosis of liver & oral contraceptive use.
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