Serum markers of nutritional status in hiv-infected children

R. Henderson, K. Talusan, N. Hutton, R. Yolken, B. Caballero

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Serum protein and selected micronutrients were analyzed to evaluate the nutritional status of HIV-infected children. HIV-infected children with poor growth, defined as height/age or weight/height <-1.5 Z-scores below the NCHS median, were compared with HIV-infected children with normal growth, and to HIV-uninfected children with normal growth. All children were free of acute, febrile illness at time of study. Thirty-1 wo children between 3 and 11 years of age were studied. No statistically significant difference between groups was observed for any study parameter. Using reference values from our laboratory, 2 children had subnormal serum vitamin A (<30), and 1 child had a subnormal serum selenium level (<9.0). CD4# Alb Prealb Zn Se Vit A #/cu mm g/dl mcg/d1 Poor growth (n=10) MEAN 331 4.5 19 85 10.8 51 SD 545 0.3 3 18 1.3 12 Normal growth (n=16) MEAN 650 4.5 17 84 10.8 43 SD 567 0.3 2 11 0.9 9 HIV-uninfected (n=6) MEAN 1027 4.5 20 87 11.5 45 SD 248 0.2 3 12 1.5 9 These data indicate that serum micronutrient deficiency is not common in stable HIV-infected children, and is not related to poor growth. Support: Pediatric AIDS Foundation and NIH# RR-00052.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)A788
JournalFASEB Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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