ISSN 1308-8734 | E-ISSN 1308-8742
Original Article
Serum Zinc, Copper, Magnesium and Selenium Levels in Children with Helicobacter Pylori Infection
1 Department of Biochemistry, Ataturk University Faculty of Medicine, Erzurum Turkey  
2 Polyclinic of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Denizli State Hospital, Denizli, Turkey  
Eurasian J Med 2015; 47: 126-129
DOI: 10.5152/eurasianjmed.2015.104
Key Words: Helicobacter Pylori, zinc, copper, magnesium, selenium
Abstract

Objective: Helicobacter pylori infection can cause disease from mild to severe that may be accompanied by micronutrient deficiencies. We aimed to investigate serum zinc, copper, magnesium and selenium levels in Helicobacter pylori positive children.

 

Materials and Methods: Thirty-four children, with chronic abdominal pain and diag-nosed to be Helicobacter pylori-positive and 20 healthy children with the same demo-graphic characteristics were included in the study. Serum zinc, copper and magnesium levels were measured in the flame unit of atomic absorption spectrophotometer, selenium levels were measured in the graphite unit of the same atomic absorption spectrophotometer.

 

Results: Serum zinc levels were significantly higher and serum magnesium levels were significantly lower (p<0.05) in Helicobacter pylori positive children than those of the control group. Although copper levels were lower in patient group than in control group, this difference was not statistically significant (p>0.05). There was no significant difference between serum selenium levels of two groups.

 

Conclusion: We concluded that in Helicobacter pylori-positive children, many trace elements and mineral metabolism may change.

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