Serum and hair zinc levels in epileptic children taking valproic acid

Altunbasak S., Biatmakoui F., Baytok V., Herguner O., Burgut H., Kayrin L.

BIOLOGICAL TRACE ELEMENT RESEARCH, vol.58, pp.117-125, 1997 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 58
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/bf02910672
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.117-125
  • Çukurova University Affiliated: Yes


This study was performed to investigate the serum and hair zinc levels in patients having epilepsy diagnoses who were intended to be put on valproic acid (VA) monotherapy and had never ingested antiepileptics before. A total of 16 patients having normal growth, development, and nutrition was selected as Group 1, and Group 2 was made up of 10 patients who had received VA monotherapy for 2 yrs or more and had normal growth, development, and nutrition characteristics. A control group (Group 3) was formed of 15 subjects who applied to the hospital for upper respiratory tract disorders.