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Serum carotenoids in eight Sri Lankan children

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AMB Priyadarshani ,

Department of Biochemistry, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka, LK
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Sanath P Lamabadusuriya,

Department of Paediatrics, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, LK
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TRS Seneviratne,

Department of Paediatrics, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka, LK
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ER Jansz,

Department of Biochemistry, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka, LK
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H Peiris

Department of Biochemistry, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka, LK
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Abstract

Vitamin A deficiency is known to occur in Sri Lanka. Hence people are advised to consume foods containing carotenoids.

Blood samples were obtained from 8 children (age range 9-30 months) with yellow pigmentation of the skin, especially their palms and soles. Ethical committee approval and informed consent were obtained before taking blood samples. These children had consumed excess of carrot, papaw and pumpkin over a period of time that varied from 4 to 17 months, beginning at 3-7 months of the age. These foods were given as often as 3 times a day. Their serum TSH levels were normal. Blood (2 ml) was extracted into hexane and analysed by HPLC for carotenoids and vitamin A.

doi:10.4038/cmj.v53i2.240

Ceylon Medical Journal Vol. 53, No. 2, June 2008 pp.69

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v53i2.240
How to Cite: Priyadarshani, A., Lamabadusuriya, S.P., Seneviratne, T., Jansz, E. and Peiris, H., 2008. Serum carotenoids in eight Sri Lankan children. Ceylon Medical Journal, 53(2), p.69. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v53i2.240
Published on 12 Dec 2008.

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