Abstract

SERUM ZINC LEVEL IN CHRONIC TONSILLITIS

Author(s): Karthik Shamanna1, Vidya B. Thimmaiah2, Devan P. P3

ABSTRACT: A significant number of children suffer from recurrent attacks of upper respiratory tract infection. The factors that contribute are varied and primarily revolve around the immune system. Zinc plays a key role in the integrity of our immune system. To study its effects and contribution in the genesis of chronic infections a prospective study was undertaken with specific relevance to chronic tonsillitis. The results of our study are presented here. Serum zinc level was found to be significantly low in patients who had chronic tonsillitis.