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Calcium And Zinc Deficiency In Preeclamptic Women

Author(s): Selina Akhtar | Shelina Begum | Sultana Ferdousi

Journal: Journal of Bangladesh Society of Physiologist
ISSN 1995-1213

Volume: 6;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 94;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Key words: Calcium | zinc | preeclamptic women.

Background: Pre-eclampsia is the most common medical complication of pregnancy associated withincreased maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. Reduced serum calcium and zinc levels arefound associated with elevated blood pressure in preeclampsia. Objective: To observe serum calciumand zinc levels in preeclamptic women. Methods: This cross sectional study was carried out in theDepartment of Physiology, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, Shahbag, Dhaka betweenJuly 2009 to June 2010. In this study, 60 pregnant women of preeclampsia, aged 18-39 years withgestational period more than 20th weeks were included as the study (group B). For comparison ageand gestational period matched 30 normotensive pregnant women control (group A) were also studied.All the subjects were selected from Obstetric and Gynae In and Out patient Department of BSMMUand Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Serum calcium was measured by Colorimetric method and serumzinc was measured by Spectrophotometric method. Data were analysed by independent sample t testand Pearson’s correlation coefficient test. Results: Mean serum calcium and zinc levels weresignificantly (p

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