We have established and describe two measurement procedures to diagnose possible zinc (Zn) deficiency; albumin-corrected Zn concentration and available free Zn-binding capacity. Reference intervals for both biomarkers were established in healthy adults from the Danish population. The clinical usefulness of the measurement procedures was investigated in patients with cirrhosis and in patients given parenteral nutrition due to short bowel syndrome. The results of both methods indicate that there is a risk of overdiagnosing Zn deficiency based on low plasma Zn concentrations. Needless Zn supplementation may thus be avoided by using the albumin-corrected Zn concentration or available free Zn-binding capacity.
|Journal||Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation|
|Publication status||Published - 2022|
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- reference interval
- zinc status