PMID: 6275164Dec 15, 1981

Zinc concentrations in plasma and erythrocytes in digitalized patients

Klinische Wochenschrift


Determination of zinc, sodium, potassium and magnesium in plasma and red blood cells were performed in 31 controls and 63 patients treated with digitalis. In digitalized patients sodium and zinc concentrations in red blood cells were significantly increased. The intraerythrocyte magnesium and potassium levels as well as all investigated electrolytes in plasma remained within the normal range. There was a close relationship between the increase of sodium and zinc content in red blood cells, indicating alterations in transmembrane transport mechanisms induced by digitalis therapy.


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