Zinc Deficiency in Patients of Chronic Hepatic Encephalopathy

  • Shabana Lakho et al., Department of Gastroenterology , Isra University Hospital, Hyderabad
Keywords: Liver cirrhosis, Zinc levels, Encephalopathy.


Background : To determine the zinc deficiency in patients with chronic hepatic encephalopathy
Methods: In this cross section study decompensated hepatic cirrhosis diagnosed patients (n=102) aged>16 years,both gender, with hepatic encephalopathy as per its grades were included. Blood samples were drawn and serum zinc levels were estimated.
Results: Mean-age of patients was 51.5±9.5 years. Men (64.7%) constituted the main. Zinc deficiency was noted in 68.6% patients. Hepatic encephalopathy grade II was most common (42.2%) . Hepatic encephalopathy grading, II, III and IV were found significantly associated with zinc deficiency (p-value= 0.007). No significant difference was found in zinc deficiency according to age p-value 0.739. Zinc deficiency was significantly higher among males (p-value 0.043).
Conclusion: Zinc deficiency was quite high (68.6%),with hepatic encephalopathy. Zinc deficiency was more common in males and middle age group patients.

How to Cite
et al., S. L. (2018). Zinc Deficiency in Patients of Chronic Hepatic Encephalopathy. Journal of Rawalpindi Medical College, 248-251. Retrieved from http://journalrmc.com/index.php/JRMC/article/view/927