European Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 145, Issue 6, pp 563–564 | Cite as

Plasma zinc levels in children with chronic diarrhoea

  • A. Guerrieri
  • C. Catassi
  • E. Pasquini
  • G. V. Coppa
  • E. Benetti
  • P. L. Giorgi
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We measured the plasma zinc concentration in a group of children with chronic diarrhoea. Fifteen patients with untreated coeliac disease had a mean plasma zinc level significantly lower than that of healthy children (69μg/dl vs 96μg/dl).

In patients with chronic post-enteritic diarrhoea (n=70) the mean plasma zinc level was in the normal range (100μg/dl). The latter result suggests that our country a secondary zine deficiency is not a feature of chronic post-enteritic diarrhoea.

Key words

Zinc Coeliac disease Chronic post-enteritis diarrhoea 


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© Springer-Verlag 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Guerrieri
    • 1
  • C. Catassi
    • 1
  • E. Pasquini
    • 1
  • G. V. Coppa
    • 1
  • E. Benetti
    • 2
  • P. L. Giorgi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity of AnconaAnconaItaly
  2. 2.Laboratory of ChemistryService of Public HealthAnconaItaly

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