EVALUATION OF ZINC LEVELS IN STROKE PATIENTS

Dr. Sidra, Dr. Sunera Qadeer, Dr. Muhammad Shafiq Salik

Abstract


Objective:To assess the role of Zinc in patients of stroke.

Study Design: Observational study

Place and Duration of Study: This study was carried out from Jan to Dec 2017 at Mayo Hospital.

Materials and Methods: The current observational research was carried out on 100 patients consisting of 50 consecutive patients suffering from stroke and 50 control cases qualifying the criteria. The selection of patients was made from Medical Ward and Outdoor Patient Department of Mayo Hospital. Informed consent was obtained thereafter a Proforma was used to collect the clinical and demographic information for the study. The level of Serum Zinc in both groupswas high and results were tabulated.

Results: Out of 50 stroke cases, the male were 25 (50%), the patient’s mean age was 53 + 10 years, 25 (25%) patients out of these 50 were having ischemic stroke and 25 (25%) patients were having haemorrhagic stroke. The control group comprised of 50 patients having the normal health with normal range of serum Zinc level, male was 30 having a mean age of 47+12 years. In all stroke case the level of serum Zinc was high. In the group of ischemic stroke there were 24 (48%) patients, and in haemorrhagic group there were 11 (22%) patients showing level of serum Zinc < than 65mcg/dl. The normal range of serum level (reference range) is regarded as 65-150 mcg/dl.

Conclusion: The reduced level of Zinc level was found in 34 (34%) of patients, mostly were from the group of ischemic stroke, proposing the possible contributing element forhypozincaemiain stroke patients.

Key Words: Hypozincaemia, Haemorrhagic Stroke, Ischemic Stroke, Serum Zinc Level


 


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