Copper Levels in Patients with Unexplained Dysplastic Cytopenia

Dominic Butcher, Simona Deplano, Thomas Lofaro
Biological Trace Element Research 2020 June 2
Copper deficiency can produce changes mimicking myelodysplasia, but its prevalence among haematology patients is unknown. This study evaluates the prevalence of deficiency in a population of patients with unexplained cytopenia(s) and dysplasia. Of 17 patients recruited, only one was found to have a low copper level. This is the first study evaluating hypocupremia in patients with isolated haematological manifestations. Our results suggest that copper deficiency is uncommon in this population, and the routine measurement of copper seems unlikely to be cost-effective. We recommend a risk-assessed approach to testing based on the identification of risk factors and of signs suggestive of deficiency.

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