Evaluation of Serum Zinc Level in Patients with Chronic Telogen Effluvium in Premenopausal Adult Females in Kirkuk City


Chronic telogen effluvium (CTE) was defined as a primary idiopathic disease entity in 1996. Women suffering from CTE present with an abrupt onset of generalized shedding of telogen hair from the scalp, with or without an identifiable trigger that persists for more than 6 months. Therefore this study is conducted to detect the association of serum zinc with CTE. The study included one hundred adult menstruating female patients with age ranged between 18-49 years, complaining of hair loss from the scalp and fifty ages matched healthy female controls. Both groups were evaluated for serum zinc levels. There was strong statistically significant reduction (p= 0.01) in the level of serum zinc in patients compared to that in control group.This indicating that there is a definite association between decreased serum zinc levels and CTE in adults menstruating females.