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Serum cholinesterase activity in burned patients. I: biochemical findings.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1181806     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of the study was to determine the magnitude and the aetiology of alterations in serum cholinesterase activity (pseudocholinesterase) in burned patients. Sixty burned patients with an estimated area of burn between 3 and 72% of body surface were investigated. Serum cholinesterase activity, serum albumin concentration and serum bilirubin were measured at various time intervals. The magnitude as well as the rate of fall of serum cholinesterase activity was found to be closely correlated with the severity of burn injury. Minimum levels were often reached 5 to 6 days after the burn injury, at which time the activity might have been depressed by more than 80 per cent. In the most severely burned patients, the activity sometimes remained low for months despite wound healing. Apart from the severity of the burn injury in the individual patient, several important factors determined the level of serum cholinesterase activity at a given time. These included the presence or absence of local or systemic infections, the event of recent surgery such as slough removal or skin grafting, and blood transfusions. The decrease in serum albumin concentration following the burn injury occurred earlier than the decrease in serum cholinesterase activity. Minimum levels were often reached during the first 24 h, after which time the concentration rose to reach fairly constant but decreased levels after 4 to 5 days. Apart from this initial phase, the changes in serum albumin concentration were roughly proportional to the changes in serum cholinesterase activity. The possible reasons for these findings are discussed.
J Viby-Mogensen; H K Hanel; E Hansen; B Sorensen; J Graae
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta anaesthesiologica Scandinavica     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0001-5172     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Anaesthesiol Scand     Publication Date:  1975  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1976-01-08     Completed Date:  1976-01-08     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370270     Medline TA:  Acta Anaesthesiol Scand     Country:  DENMARK    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  159-68     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Alanine Transaminase / blood
Aspartate Aminotransferases / blood
Bilirubin / blood
Burns / blood,  complications,  enzymology*
Cholinesterases / blood*
Infection / etiology
L-Lactate Dehydrogenase / blood
Liver / metabolism
Middle Aged
Serum Albumin / analysis
Time Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Serum Albumin; 635-65-4/Bilirubin; EC Dehydrogenase; EC Aminotransferases; EC Transaminase; EC

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