Serum Carnitine Level and Its Associated Factors in Patients With Chronic Viral Hepatitis

Azin Nassiri; Simin Dashti-Khavidaki; Hossein Khalili*; Mohsen Nassiri-Toosi; Alireza Abdollahi


Future Virology. 2014;9(4):373-383. 

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Although cirrhotic patients had higher serum carnitine level compared with noncirrhotic patients, but carnitine serum level in the patients with chronic hepatitis especially hepatitis B, was significantly lower than the healthy individuals. Also compared with the defined cut-off point for normal carnitine serum level, carnitine deficiency was common in Iranian patients with chronic hepatitis. Further evidence is required to confirm these findings and to determine potential benefits of carnitine supplementation in this population.