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Free Content Vitamin A levels in sputum-positive pulmonary tuberculosis patients in comparison with household contacts and healthy ‘normals’

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OBJECTIVE: To estimate serum vitamin A in pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) patients at the start and end of anti-tuberculosis treatment.

DESIGN: Serum vitamin A was estimated in 47 PTB patients (pre and post treatment), 46 healthy household contacts and 30 healthy ‘normals’.

RESULTS: Mean serum vitamin A in patients at the start of treatment was 21.2 μg/dl, which was significantly lower than in household contacts (42.2 μg/dl) and healthy ‘normals’ (48.1 μg/dl). The vitamin A levels in patients increased following treatment.

CONCLUSION: The low vitamin A levels observed in patients returned to normal at the end of anti-tuberculosis treatment without vitamin A supplementation.
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Keywords: anti-tuberculosis treatment; tuberculosis; vitamin A deficiency

Document Type: Short Communication

Affiliations: 1: Tuberculosis Research Centre (ICMR), Chennai, India 2: Stop Tuberculosis Unit, World Health Organization, South East Asia Regional Office, New Delhi, India

Publication date: 2004-09-01

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