The purpose of this study was to evaluate the levels of Zinc, Copper, Iron and Copper/Zinc ratio in the serum of adult patients with pulmonary tuberculosis in Iran. Serum levels of Zinc and Copper were determined by flame atomic absorption spectrophotometer and serum iron concentration was measured by using an Auto Analyzer. The study group consisted of 50 pulmonary tuberculosis patients before treatment and after 6 months of anti-tubercular therapy. Levels of serum Zn (p<0.001) and Fe (p<0.001) in TB patients were significantly increased after 6 months of anti-tubercular therapy. However, serum Cu concentration (p<0.01) and Cu/Zn ratio (p<0.05) were decreased after 6 months of anti-tubercular therapy. Some studies indicated a strong association of Zn, Cu, Fe and the Cu/Zn ratio with TB. In this study, we found remarkable change in Cu/Zn ratio. Some researchers mentioned that serum Cu/Zn ratio could be used as an important laboratory marker for diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis. They also mentioned that trace element levels must be closely monitored during the process of disease.
F. Pourfallah, S. Javadian, Z. Zamani, R. Saghiri, S. Sadeghi, B. Zarea, F. Mirkhani, N. Fatemi and T. Kordi, 2011. Evaluation of Serum Levels of Essential Trace Elements in Patients with Pulmonary Tuberculosis Before and After Treatment by Age and Gender. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 14: 590-594.