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Indian J Gastroenterol. 2004 May-Jun;23(3):87-8.

Serum carnitine and selenium levels in children with celiac disease.

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Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. ayuce@hacettepe.edu.tr

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND AIM:

Celiac disease (CD) is a gluten-induced enteropathy that results in malabsorption of nutrients. We studied the serum levels of carnitine and selenium in children with CD.

METHODS:

Serum levels of free carnitine and selenium were studied in 30 children (mean age 8.1 [4.4] years) with CD and 30 age- and gender-matched healthy children. All patients had type 3 duodenal lesions. The mean (SD) serum levels of free carnitine and selenium were lower among patients with CD (24.5 [7.7] micromol/mL and 52.1 (12.9) micromol/mL, respectively) than among healthy controls (29.4 [9.2] and 65.1 [17.2] micromol/mL; p < 0.05 each). Levels were similar in children with and without diarrhea.

CONCLUSIONS:

Serum carnitine and selenium levels are decreased in children with CD, probably due to malabsorption.

PMID:
15250563
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