The ascorbic acid levels
of thirty (30) hepatitis (sero-positive) subjects who presented themselves
as donors at the serology unit of the Department of Hematology and blood
transfusion, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Calabar,
Nigeria were assessed alongside thirty (30) non-hepatitis (Sero-negative)
subjects as controls. Using the 2, 4 dinitrophenyl hydrazine (spectrophotometric
method), the mean ascorbic acid level for the control subjects was 1.05
± 0.45mg/dl while that of the hepatitis subjects was 1.06 ± 0.42mg/dl.
There was no significant difference between the mean ascorbic acid levels
of hepatitis subjects, when compared with that of the controls (P>0.05).
On separation of the subjects, based on their sex, there was also found
to be no significant differences (P>0.05).
Afiong A. Etim and Maisie H. Etukudo , 2006. Ascorbic Acid Levels in Hepatitis and Non-Hepatitis
Subjects in University of Calabar Teaching Hospital (UCTH), Calabar. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 5: 490-491.