Zinc - Deficiency Test
The zinc test, an analysis by atomic absorption spectroscopy, measures serum levels of zinc. An important trace element, zinc is an integral component of more than 80 enzymes and proteins, and plays a critical role in enzyme catalytic reactions.
Zinc occurs naturally in water and in most foods; high concentrations are found in meat, seafood, dairy products, whole grains, nuts, and legumes. Zinc deficiency can seriously impair body metabolism, growth, and development.
Procedure and posttest care
Normally, plasma zinc values range from 0.66 to 1.10 ug/ml.
Decreased serum zinc levels may indicate an acquired deficiency (from insufficient dietary intake or due to an underlying disease) or a hereditary deficiency. Markedly depressed levels are common in leukemia and may be related to impaired zinc-dependent enzyme systems. Low serum zinc levels are commonly associated with alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver, myocardial infarction, ileitis, chronic renal failure, rheumatoid arthritis, and anemia (such as hemolytic or sickle cell anemia).
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