Serum Retinol and β-Carotene Levels in Subacute Scierosing Panencephalitis

Gungor, Serdal; Olmez, Akgun; Firat, Pinar Arikan; Haliloglu, Goknur; Anlar, Banu
March 2007
Journal of Child Neurology;Mar2007, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p341
Academic Journal
Reduced serum levels of vitamin A affect morbidity and mortality in measles. The authors' newly diagnosed subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (n = 21) and age-matched control groups (n = 20) had mean serum β-carotene levels of 1.12 ± 0.56 and 1.50 ± 0.52 μg/mL, respectively. Serum retinol <20 μg/dL was observed in 6 of 21 subacute sclerosing panencephalitis and 0 of 20 control cases (P < .05). Vitamin A deficiency can accompany subacute scierosing panencephalitis: its contribution to the pathogenesis or course of the disease warrants further investigations.


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