Severe burns deplete levels of vitamin E in children

A study has shown that vitamin E levels are rapidly depleted in children following severe burn injuries

The investigators measured alpha-tocopherol concentration in adipose tissue samples from 8 children for up to a year after a severe burn injury.

At 2 and 3 weeks after the injury, alpha-tocopherol concentrations (which represent vitamin E status) were substantially decreased.

Linear regression analysis revealed that individual adipose tissue alpha-tocopherol concentration decreased by 6.1 +/- 0.6 nmol/g daily. Further studies are needed to elucidate the mechanism of this vitamin E depletion and the consequences for the patient.
Traber MG, Leonard SW, Traber DL et al. Am J Clin Nut 2010

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