The relationships between chronic liver diseases and trace heavy metal contents in blood are debatable and have not been understood clearly. The present study is undertaken to determine Co, Fe, and Ni concentrations in sera from viral hepatitis patients. In all eighty patients with chronic hepatitis (B, C) and 29 healthy individuals were chosen for this study
We ended to the role of cobalt, iron and nickle in serum of hepatitis patient.The results reveal that Fe is present in higher level in the blood serum of hepatitis patients than in the healthy control, whereas Co and Ni showed the opposite trend. Hepatitis patients from polluted area exhibited higher Fe level in their serum than those from the other areas, while hepatitis patients and healthy control from nonpolluted area exhibited the lowest metal values. Patients with hepatitis C show lower levels of Co, Ni, and Fe in their serum than those with hepatitis B.
Writing this article was a great pleasure as it has co-authors with whom I have had long standing collaborations.Dr Mohamed Nageeb Rashed, PhD
J Trace Elem Med Biol 2010 Apr 13;24(2):138-45. Epub 2010 Jan 13.
South Valley University, Aswan Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry, Aswan, P.O. 81528, Egypt.
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