Serum vitamin A and beta-carotene levels in children with recurrent acute respiratory infections and diarrhoea in Malatya


KUCUKBAY H. , YAKINCI C., Kucukbay F. , TURGUT M.

JOURNAL OF TROPICAL PEDIATRICS, cilt.43, ss.337-340, 1997 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 43 Konu: 6
  • Basım Tarihi: 1997
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1093/tropej/43.6.337
  • Dergi Adı: JOURNAL OF TROPICAL PEDIATRICS
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.337-340

Özet

Deficiency of serum vitamin A is one of the widespread public health problem among pre-school children in developing countries. A limited number of studies have been done about this problem in Turkey and there is no similar work done in Malatya. Serum vitamin A and beta-carotene levels in 56 pre-school age children who had recurrent acute respiratory infections (ARI) or recurrent diarrhoea were determined by a UV/VIS spectrometer. The results obtained were compared with 35 healthy pre-school age children, Serum vitamin A (51.66 +/- 8.10 mu g/dL) and beta-carotene (82.88 +/- 18.5 mu g/dL) levels in children with ARI's were found significantly lower than the control group (58.14 +/- 9.07 mu g/dL and 131.43 +/- 22.38 mu g/dL, respectively) (P < 0.001).