Calcium and Magnesium content in hair as a predictor of disease in children

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he calcium and magnesium content of scalp hair taken from 153 children aged 1-15 years, and young people (16-18 years) with selected neurological disorders (hyperexcitability, losses of consciousness and epileptiform convulsions of unknown origin, etc.) were measured using the AAS method and were compared with a control group of healthy (n=108). Statistically significant differences, p<0.05, were shown to exist between the mean levels of calcium and magnesium in the hair of children with neurological disorders (calcium and magnesium levels lower by 30 – 64%, according to age group) in question and those recorded in the control group. This indicates that children with such disorders suffer from significant deficiencies in such essential elements. Furthermore, children with neurological disorders are characterized by significant deficiencies in calcium in relation to magnesium, which increase with age. It might be suggested that a deficiency in calcium may be caused by a deficiency in magnesium

 

Lech T, Trace Elem & Electrolytes 2001:18:112-121