Volume : 4
Issue : 1
Online ISSN : 2394-6377
Print ISSN : 2394-6369
Article First Page : 77
Article End Page : 80
Background: This study was done to assess the efficacy of serum transferrin & serum pseudocholinesterase as biochemical markers for assessing Protein Energy Malnutrition (PEM) in children.
Materials and Methods: This analytical case control study was done in the Narayana Medical College and Hospital from September 2007 to September 2009. The material for the study consisted of 50 cases of PEM and 20 normal healthy children. A detailed clinical history was taken and the serum analysis of transferrin and pseudocholinesterase was done.
Result: In PEM cases, serum transferrin & serum pseudocholinesterase were found to be significantly lower in comparison to normal healthy controls. Thus serum transferrin & serum pseudocholinesterase may become useful indicators of the nutritional status of the malnourished children and have been proposed as good markers of PEM.
Keywords: PEM, Biochemical markers, Serum transferrin & serum pseudocholinesterase