Serum and rectal mucosal copper content was estimated in children (6-18 months old) with acute diarrhea (group 1: N = 50), chronic diarrhea (group II: n-25), extraintestinal infections (group III: n = 15), and apparently healthy controls (group IV: n = 20). The sex and nutritional status of various groups was comparable. The mean serum copper levels in acute diarrhea and infected control groups were comparable, but significantly (p < 0.001) greater in comparison to chronic diarrhea and healthy control groups. The tissue copper in group II was significantly (p < 0.001) lower than other groups, which were comparable. There was a significant negative correlation between serum copper and diarrheal duration (r =-0.615; p < 0.001). Repeat estimation at discharge in 38 significant (p < 0.05) reduction in the serum and tissue copper content during this period. Among the 23 infants (16 in group I and 7 in group II) evaluated 2-3 weeks after discharge, there was an increase in copper values of tissue alone (p < 0.05) in group I and both serum and tissue (p > 0.05) in group II. It is concluded that elevation of serum copper in acute diarrhea is a nonspecific response to infection; infants with chronic but not acute diarrhea are copper depleted at presentation; and with the continuation of diarrhea, there is a progressive depletion of copper.
|Idioma original||English (US)|
|Número de páginas||5|
|Publicación||Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition|
|Estado||Published - feb. 1989|
|Publicado de forma externa||Sí|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health