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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 45-48

Status of zinc in pulmonary tuberculosis

1 Medical Superintendent, SMHS Hospital, Srinagar, Kashmir, India
2 Department of Medicine, Government Medical College, Srinagar, Kashmir, India
3 Regional Institute of Health and Family Welfare (RIHFW), Directorate of Health Services, Srinagar, Kashmir, India

Correspondence Address:
Waseem Qureshi
Medical Superintendent, PO Box 1143, GPO, Srinagar 190001, Kashmir
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.77179

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This prospective study including 50 patients of pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) and 30 subjects as the control group was conducted to study the status of zinc as a micronutrient in pulmonary TB. There was a statistically significant fall in serum zinc levels with advanced age and disease and the levels improved after institution of antitubercular therapy. We conclude that estimation of serum zinc levels is an important tool in the diagnosis, monitoring of response to treatment in pulmonary TB, and booster of the immunological mechanisms if instituted in the therapy.

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