Study of Some Serological Tests on Patients with Visceral Leishmaniasis


This study aimed to measure the alterations in serum zinc (Zn) and acute phase proteins ( C-reactive protein and Ceruloplasmin) concentrations in patients with visceral leishmaniasis (VL). A total of 62 individuals were enrolled in this study : 52 individuals were infected with visceral leishmaniasis and 10 individuals as healthy control. Serum zinc levels were significantly (p<0.05) decreased in patient group(76.25 ± 4.59 µg/dl ) when compared with healthy control (103.75 ± 3.77 µg/dl ) . C-reactive protein , as a mediator of innate immunity, removed damaged cells by activating the classical complement pathway revealed elevated levels in patients (4.36± 0.23mg/l ) when compared with the healthy control (2.50 ± 0.28mg/l ). The level of Ceruloplasmin was also significantly (p<0.05) increased in VL patients (0.82±0.05 mg/dl) as compred with healthy subjects (0.43±0.03mg/dl). These results showed that serum essential trace elements Zn, C-reactive protein and ceruloplasmin concentrations have been changed in VL patients. This may be a part of defense strategies of organism