L-carnitine in beta thalassemia.

  title={L-carnitine in beta thalassemia.},
  author={Rashid H. Merchant and Abhay Jain and Amish Udani and Vipla Puri and Mallika Kotian},
  journal={Indian pediatrics},
  volume={47 2},
This study was conducted to determine L-carnitine levels in regularly transfused and chelated beta thalassemia patients (n=40; mean age, 17.5+/-5.0 years). Ten age matched controls were also studied. The mean L-carnitine level in thalassemic patients was 23.71+/- 7.3 microM as compared to control 29.26+/-2.37 microM (P<0.0001). Mean carnitine was significantly lower (P=0.037) in those with ferritin greater than 2000 ng/dL (22.80+/-6.97 microM) in comparison to those with ferritin less than 2000… CONTINUE READING

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