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Zhonghua Shao Shang Za Zhi. 2018 Jan 20;34(1):57-59. doi: 10.3760/cma.j.issn.1009-2587.2018.01.012.

[Advances in the research of zinc deficiency and zinc supplementation treatment in patients with severe burns].

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The First Central Clinical College, Tianjin Medical University, Tianjin 300070, China.


Zinc is one of the essential trace elements in human body, which plays an important role in regulating acute inflammatory response, glucose metabolism, anti-oxidation, immune and gastrointestinal function of patients with severe burns. Patients with severe burns may suffer from zinc deficiency because of insufficient amount of zinc intake from the diet and a large amount of zinc lose through wounds and urine. Zinc deficiency may affect their wound healing process and prognosis. This article reviews the characteristics of zinc metabolism in patients with severe burns through dynamic monitoring the plasma and urinary concentration of zinc. An adequate dosage of zinc supplemented to patients with severe burns by an appropriate method can increase the level of zinc in plasma and skin tissue and improve wound healing, as well as reduce the infection rates and mortality. At the same time, it is important to observe the symptoms and signs of nausea, dizziness, leukopenia and arrhythmia in patients with severe burns after supplementing excessive zinc.


Burns; Zinc; Zinc deficiency; Zinc supplementation

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