THE RELATIONSHIP OF SERUM FERRITIN LEVELS, IN FEMALE PATIENTS WITH TELOGEN EFFLUVIUM: A CASE CONTROL STUDY

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Irfan Ullah
Muhammad Majid Paracha
Zahid Ullah Khan
Amjad Shahzad
Hina Zahoor
Mehran Khan
Rabeeka Bakhtiar

Abstract

Objective: To determine the relationship of serum ferritin level with telogen effluvium (TE) in female patients.
Material and Methods: This case control study was conducted at Dermatology unit, Khyber Teaching Hospital, Peshawar-
Pakistan, from June 2017 to May 2018. A total of 100 female individuals who visited outpatient department (OPD)
were included in the study. They were divided in two groups, 50 were patients and 50 were healthy individuals. After
taking informed consent and fulfilling the inclusion criteria, individuals were enrolled in study and serum ferritin level
was checked once at first visit.
Results: One hundred female individuals were studied. They were divided in two equal groups, 50 were in patients
group (cases) and 50 were healthy individuals (controls). The mean age was 26.26±7.61years in patients group while
31.88±6.62 years in healthy controls.The mean serum ferritin level was 47.54±19.85 ng/ml among patients with telogen
effluvium as in comparison to72.13±5.40 ng/ml in healthy controls which shows statistically remarkable difference
among the two groups (p=0.00). Mean hemoglobin level was 10.53 g/dl among patient group while 12.55 g/dl in healthy
individuals. Again statistically result was very significant with (p=0.0001). MCV in patient group was 47.36±10.67 and
healthy control was 83.38±5.80.
Conclusion: This study clearly highlights that low serum ferritin level is associated with telogen effluvium.

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