Copper deficiency as cause of unexplained hematologic and neurologic deficits in patient with prior gastrointestinal surgery

Joanne Wu, Mari Ricker, John Muench

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Copper is a trace mineral essential to hematopoiesis and to the structure and function of the nervous system. Copper deficiency is a rare cause of anemia, leukopenia, and myeloneuropathy, but should be considered in the differential diagnosis in a patient with prior gastrointestinal surgery. We report the case of a 51-year-old woman admitted for nonspecific neurologic symptoms ultimately found to be due to copper malabsorption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)191-194
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Board of Family Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 19 2006


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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Family Practice

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