Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 94, Issue 2, pp 105–112

Comparison of serum copper, zinc, calcium, and magnesium levels in preeclamptic and healthy pregnant women

Authors

  • Selahattin Kumru
    • Department of Obstetric GynecologyFirat University Medical School
  • Suleyman Aydin
    • Department of BiochemistryFirat University Medical School
  • Mehmet Simsek
    • Department of Obstetric GynecologyFirat University Medical School
  • Kazim Sahin
    • Department of Animal NutritionFirat University Medical School
  • Mehmet Yaman
    • Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceFirat University Medical School
  • Gul Ay
    • Department of Obstetric GynecologyFirat University Medical School
Article

DOI: 10.1385/BTER:94:2:105

Cite this article as:
Kumru, S., Aydin, S., Simsek, M. et al. Biol Trace Elem Res (2003) 94: 105. doi:10.1385/BTER:94:2:105

Abstract

Deficient or excessive levels of blood trace elements can be an adverse factor in human and animal pregnancy. The aim of this study was to investigate possible differences in the levels of serum magnesium, calcium, copper, and zinc in preeclamptic and healthy pregnant women. Samples were collected from 30 preeclamptic (PE) and 30 healthy pregnant (HP) women. The serum copper concentration was significantly lower in the PE group by 68% (p<0.0001) when compared to the healthy controls. The serum zinc and calcium were 43% and 10% lower in the PE women, respectively (both with p<0.0001), whereas the magnesium concentration showed nonsignificant differences between the two groups. Measurement of these elements may be useful for the early diagnosis of a preeclamptic condition.

Index Entries

Preeclampsiacalciummagnesiumcopperzinc
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