Author : H.Alshaheen, Khasim
The relationship between serum potassium levels and some chemical limitations in Rheumatoid arthritis from Qurna district, Basrah city
journal of kerbala university,
Volume 6, Issue 4, Pages 197-203
Rheumatoid arthritis is the chronic inflammatory arthropathy. Total serum potassium levels in patients with rheumatoid arthritis were determined in conjunction with total serum copper, serum uric acid, Rheumatoid factor (RF),C-reactive protein (CRP) ,erythrocyte sedimentation rate and Hemoglobin and WBC count,. There were significantly higher of white blood cell count (WBC) and uric acid levels in the total RA patient group and in the active subgroups than in controls( p≤0.05).While Patients in the active subgroups had significantly elevated ESR,CRP,RF values than those in the corresponding inactive and control groups, The mean serum potassium concentration in all patients studies ,which was significantly lower than that of control group( p≤0.05- 0.01), nevertheless no significantly association was recorded in the total serum copper concentration was observed. The results of this study support the hypothesis that low serum potassium level in rheumatoid arthritis and the correlation with copper level is one of the specific features of inflammation.