Undernutrition and lepromatous leprosy. Serum vitamin A and E levels
in leprosy spectrum.
Rao KN; Saha K
Indian J Lepr 1988 Jan;60(1):66-70
Serum vitamins A and E were
estimated by spectrophotocolorimetric methods in 67 leprosy patients comprising
9 BT, 10 BB, 15 BL, 27 LL, including 12 Histoid cases. These findings
were evaluated in comparison to 55 normal subjects serving as controls.
A significant reductions in the mean serum levels of Vitamins 'A' and
'E' were observed in the leprosy groups as compared to normal controls.
These findings are of considerable importance and need to be taken note
of in the light of delineating these alterations to the cause or effect
of the disease. As far as we know, this is the first report describing
serum levels of Vitamins 'A' and 'E' in the leprosy spectrum.