Evaluation of Iron Profileasan Assistant Diagnostic Tests for Children with Pneumonia

Dr. Ammar Lateef Hussein/ Dr. Hani Lateef Hussein

Abstract


ABSTRACT:-
Back ground: Iron is required by most organisms as an essential cofactor in many important biological processes. There are controversies regarding the role of nutrients especially iron in respiratory tract infections in childhood. Furthermore, iron deficiency is also associated with impaired immunocompetence and therefore can lead to increased morbidity.
Objective: the aim of this study was to testthe possibility of using the iron profile as a laboratory and diagnostic tests for pneumonia in children.
Methodology: Case-control study was designed to hypothesize that lower iron, ferritin, and TIBC would be associated with a greater risk of pneumonia in children. The study was performed on 150 children with ages between (6 – 72) months, 100 children with pneumonia (57% male) and (43% female,) and 50 control (54% female) and (46% female) in pediatric department of Samarra general hospital from September 2015 till March 2017. The data were analyzed through the SPSS V.20 application, descriptive data analysis was done through frequency, percentage, mean, standard deviation in addition to T-test to compare results.


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