Decrease in zinc serum concentrations after surgical intervention. A study of 87 cases.


The post-surgery zinc depletion reported by Hallböök in 1977 and subsequently confirmed by many authors is now well known. Our study concerns a homogeneous group of 87 female patients undergoing the same surgical procedure: simple or enlarged hysterectomy. Results confirm a mean 35% drop in serum zinc after surgery compared to initial values. The drop is… (More)


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