In this study plasma copper levels were determined by atomic absorption spectrophotometry in 43 patients suffering from alopecia areata and in 76 healthy control subjects. The results were correlated to sex, age, duration of the disease, its extent and clinical type according to Ikeda's classification. All the patients showed normal plasma copper values, except one who presented levels which were higher than normal (148 μg/100 ms vs. normal values: 78-140 μg/100 ml). However, a trend to high copper levels was revealed: in fact, the mean plasma copper level of the alopecic group was 120.5 μg/ml vs. 101 μg/100 ml of controls.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Annali Italiani di Dermatologia Clinica e Sperimentale|
|Publication status||Published - 1991|
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