Study of trace elements in liver cirrhosis patients and their role in prognosis of disease.Biol Trace Elem Res 2015; 165(1):35-40BT
The objectives of this study are to evaluate trace elements in patients with liver cirrhosis and to assess their association with severity of the disease. One hundred fifty cirrhotic subjects of either sex ranging in age from 20-70 years were included in the study, and the results were compared with 50 age- and sex-matched healthy control subjects. All cirrhotic subjects were assessed for severity of disease as mild (Child A), moderate (Child B), and severe (Child C) as per Child-Pugh classification. Routine investigations were done and trace elements (Cu, Zn, Se, and Mg) were analyzed on atomic absorption spectrophotometer. Serum level of copper was found significantly increased in patients with liver cirrhosis as compared to control group. Whereas serum zinc, selenium, and magnesium levels were significantly decreased in cirrhotic subjects as compared to controls. Trace elements were compared with severity of liver cirrhosis. Serum copper concentration was slightly increased in patients with more severe clinical state of liver cirrhosis; however, mean level difference of copper among the Child-Pugh groups were statistically not significant. Moreover, there was no significant correlation between copper and Child-Pugh Score. However, copper showed a significant negative correlation with zinc. Serum zinc, magnesium, and selenium levels were significantly decreased with advancement of liver disease as compared to early stage of liver cirrhosis and showed a significant negative correlation with Child-Pugh Score. Trace element abnormalities may reflect the condition of liver dysfunction. These results suggest that liver dysfunction may alter the metabolism of trace elements. Our study shows that micronutrients status in liver cirrhosis correlates well with severity of liver cirrhosis. Micronutrients supplementation in liver cirrhotic patients may prevent progression of disease and development of complications; however, further research needs to be done.