The relationships between chronic liver diseases and trace element (TE) contents are debated. Particularly, no defined data are available about the TE levels in viral liver disease patients with or without malnutrition. In this study we evaluated blood and plasma levels of various trace elements in patients with HCV-related chronic liver disease, at different stages of liver damage (8 patients with chronic hepatitis and 32 with liver cirrhosis) with or without malnutrition. We also studied 10 healthy volunteers as control group. We found that cirrhotic subjects had a significant decrease of blood levels of Zn and Se, independently on the nutritional status, whereas plasma levels of Fe were significantly reduced only in malnourished cirrhotic patients. Our data indicate that liver impairment is the main cause of the blood decrease of Se and Zn levels in patients with non alcoholic liver disease, whereas the malnutrition affects Fe levels only.
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|Titolo:||Trace elements and chronic liver diseases.|
|Citazione:||Loguercio, C., De Girolamo, V., Federico, A., Feng, S.l., Cataldi, V., Del Vecchio Blanco, C., et al. (1997). Trace elements and chronic liver diseases. JOURNAL OF TRACE ELEMENTS IN MEDICINE AND BIOLOGY, 11(3), 158-161.|
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