A comparative study of a number of nutritional and immunological indices in patients with skin carcinoma
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EIGHTY-FOUR patients with skin carcinomas and 45 patients attending a geriatric day centre once weekly were assessed for a number of nutritional and immunological parameters.
The patients with skin carcinoma had significantly lower levels of plasma vitamin A, and serum albumin when compared to the control group of patients attending the day centre. In addition, haemoglobin levels were also significantly lower in the carcinoma group when the two groups were age matched.
The lymphatic response to PHA and Con. A was significantly lower in the controls than in the cases for three of the four techniques used and thus did not suggest any diminished lymphocyte response in the cases.
Overall the results of the nutritional indices studied are particularly interesting and do warrant further studies.
KeywordsActinic Keratosis Etretinate Dehydroascorbic Acid Ultra Violet Radiation Skin Carcinoma
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