Serum zinc levels during oral glucocorticoid therapy.


The course of serum zinc (S-Zn), plasma albumin (P-Alb), urinary zinc, serum alkaline phosphatase, and plasma alpha 2-macroglobulin levels was monitored in 14 adult hospitalized patients receiving oral glucocorticoid therapy, about 40-50 mg prednisone daily for various skin diseases. Within 3 days S-Zn decreased slightly from 12.6 +/- 2.3 mumol/liter (mean… (More)