N Saxena Department of Biochemistry, L.L.R.M. Medical College, Meerut-250004
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ABSTRACT: Serum calcium and magnesium levels were determined in 60 patients suffering from different types of leprosy. These findings were evaluated in comparison to 20 normal subjects serving as controls. Serum calcium levels were significantly decreased in lepromatous leprosy (6.9 plus minues 0.9 mg/dl p less than 0.001). The decrease in serum calcium levels was related with the severity and the duration of the leprosy lesions. The serum calcium levels in borderline and tuberculoid forms were also low but were not statistically significant. A significant decrease in serum magnesium levels, was observed in all types of lepromatous leprosy patients showed an highly significant decrease in serum magnesium levels (1.10 plus minues 0.18 mg/dl p less than 0.001).