Serum levels of vitamins A, C, and E, beta-carotene, selenium, and zinc in patients with Behqet's disease - A controlled study

Erel A., Ozsoy E., Biberoglu G., Bilgihan A., Hasanoglu A., Yis M., ...More

BIOLOGICAL TRACE ELEMENT RESEARCH, vol.95, no.2, pp.97-105, 2003 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 95 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1385/bter:95:2:97
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.97-105
  • Keywords: Behqet's disease, antioxidants, selenium, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, BEHCETS-DISEASE, LIPID-PEROXIDATION, BLOOD LEUKOCYTES, COLCHICINE, MANIFESTATIONS, MIGRATION, HEALTH, COPPER, HIV
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


Behcet's disease is a multisystemic disease characterized by activation and remission periods. The etiopathogenesis is not exactly known; a genetic defect in the immunoregulatory system induced by infectious agents, like viruses and bacteria, is thought to cause the disease. In this study, we examine the serum levels of vitamins A, C, and E, beta-carotene, selenium, and zinc in Behcet's disease patients and investigate the relationship between these serum levels and the activation of the disease. We conclude that adding vitamin E to the treatment of Behcet's disease patients and its effects on the prognosis of the disease need to be further investigated by controlled studies.