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Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
  Year: 1999 | Volume: 2 | Issue: 2 | Page No.: 308-311
DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.1999.308.311
 
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Study on Children with Reference to Malnutrition and its Effect on Haematology and Serum Total Proteins

Sabah B. Zaidi, N. Abbas, A.H. Gilani, M.T. Javed, S. Bukhari and A. Habib

Abstract:
The study was conducted on 80 male children, divided into three age groups (5-7, 8-10 and 11-12 years). These children were graded into five grades of malnutrition including normal following the criteria of Jelliffe (Alleyne et al., 1978). The results revealed 47.22 per cent normal children while 16.66, 22.22, 11.11 and 2.77 per cent were suffering from Ist, 2nd, 3rd and 4th degree of malnutrition, respectively. Overall means of children categorized in various degrees of malnutrition showed non-significant difference in haemoglobin, RBC, PCV and erythrocytic indices. However, RBC, Hb and PCV values were less in children graded in 4th degree of malnutrition. Hb showed significantly lower (P<0.05) levels in children graded into 3rd than first degree of malnutrition of 8-10 years. However, RBC count was significantly higher (P<0.05) in 3rd than 2nd degree of malnutrition in children of 11-12 years, while PCV was relatively higher in the same subjects of this age group. In overall, 45 per cent of children had less than normal haemoglobin, RBC or both. Out of these, 19.44 per cent showed normocytic hypochromic, 30.55 showed normocytic normochromic, 8.33 microcytic hypochromic, 13.88 microcytic normochromic, 13.88 macrocytic hypochromic and 13.88 per cent showed macrocytic normochromic anaemia. Serum total proteins showed non-significant difference in children graded in various degrees of malnutrition, however, the values in normal subjects were relatively lower than those graded into various degrees of malnutrition.
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How to cite this article:

Sabah B. Zaidi, N. Abbas, A.H. Gilani, M.T. Javed, S. Bukhari and A. Habib, 1999. Study on Children with Reference to Malnutrition and its Effect on Haematology and Serum Total Proteins. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 2: 308-311.

DOI: 10.3923/pjbs.1999.308.311

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=pjbs.1999.308.311

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