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Esmaeili N, Soori T, Nooraei Z, Karimi A. Serum levels of copper and zinc in patients with pemphigus vulgaris admitted to Razi Hospital, Tehran, Iran in 2012 and 2013. jdc. 2015; 6 (2) :93-99
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1- Autoimmune Bullous Diseases Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2- Department of Infectious Diseases, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3- Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Abstract:   (2383 Views)
Background and Aim: Pemphigus vulgaris is a rare autoimmune intraepidermal blistering disease affecting the skin and mucous membranes. Copper and zinc are two necessary trace elements in the human body that have antioxidant activity in the wound healing process. The aim of this study was to determine the serumic level of zinc and copper in newly diagnosed patients with pemphigus vulgaris. Methods: In this study, 50 newly diagnosed patients with pemphigus vulgaris admitted to Razi Hospital in Tehran were studied with regards to their serum levels of copper and zinc alongside age, sex, body mass index (BMI), smoking and drug abuse status. Results: Eighteen percent (9 cases) and 50% (25 cases) of the patients showed copper and zinc deficiency, respectively. There was no significant association between copper and zinc levels and smoking, age, BMI or suffering from a chronic disease (P>0.05). Mean copper levels in women and men were not significantly with their respective different normal levels (P>0.05). Serum zinc level in men was lower than its normal range (P<0.05), but in women was not significantly different from its normal level. Conclusion: Serum concentration of copper and zinc did not show any association with pemphigus disease. Since decreased levels of copper and zinc may result in an increase of oxidative activity in autoimmune diseases enhancing disease severity, therefore conducting a robust case-control study for evaluating the their roles in disease severity may pave the way to treatment of those diseases.
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2015/09/1 | Accepted: 2015/09/1 | Published: 2015/09/1

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