Zinc deficiency in the pediatric age group is common but underevaluated

Vuralli D., Turner L., Hasanoglu A.

WORLD JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS, vol.13, no.4, pp.360-366, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12519-017-0007-8
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.360-366
  • Keywords: nutritional deficiency, subclinical, zinc, VITAMIN-A, CHILDREN, COPPER, IRON
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Subclinical micronutrient deficiencies have been gradually becoming more important as a public health problem and drawing attention of the health authorities. Today it has been known that detecting and treating people having deficiency symptoms alone is no longer sufficient. It is important to detect and prevent any deficiency before it displays clinical manifestations. Zinc deficiency is one of the most widespread micronutrient deficiencies. In this study, we aimed to evaluate the zinc status and the associated factors in healthy school-age children.