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Total Antioxidant Status, Vitamins A, C and β-carotene Levels of Children with P. falciparum Infection in University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Calabar

Author(s): J.O. Akpotuzor | A.E. Udoh | M.H. Etukudo

Journal: Pakistan Journal of Nutrition
ISSN 1680-5194

Volume: 6;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 485;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: Antioxidant status | P. falciparum infection | malaria | B-caroten

By using standard procedures, total antioxidant level, vitamins A, C, and β-carotene were assessed in 122 malaria infected children. The haemoglobin and parasite density status of the children were also measured. Sixty healthy children were used as controls. It was observed that all parameters measured were significantly lower in malaria infected children when compared with the respective control values. Malaria parasitemia correlated strongly and negatively with total antioxidant and haemoglobin levels (r=0.-432 and 0.-503, P

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