Iatrogenic copper deficiency causing anaemia and neutropenia

Ann Clin Biochem 2004;41:414-416
© 2004 Association for Clinical Biochemistry


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Louise M Todd,
Ian M Godber and
Ian R Gunn

Biochemistry Department, Clinical Laboratories Directorate, Wishaw General Hospital, Wishaw, ML2 0DP, UK

A 79-year-old woman presented with an obstructed femoral herniaand had a wedge resection of the small intestine. Post-operativelyshe developed wound dehiscence and spent 3 days in the adultcritical care unit. Good recovery followed and she was allowedhome after 2 months in hospital. Six months later she presentedwith anaemia, neutropenia and a very low serum copper concentration.Review of her notes revealed that she had been given oral zinctherapy while in the critical care unit and this treatment hadbeen continued on discharge from hospital. Serum copper, haemoglobinand white cell count recovered after oral zinc was discontinued.Oral zinc treatment can lead to symptomatic copper deficiencyin susceptible patients.

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