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Early-onset copper deficiency following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass.

Authors
  • O'Donnell, Kelly B1
  • Simmons, Mary
  • 1 University of Virginia Health System, PO Box 800673, Charlottesville, VA 22908, USA. [email protected]
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nutrition in clinical practice : official publication of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2011
Volume
26
Issue
1
Pages
66–69
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/0884533610392921
PMID: 21266700
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Weight loss surgery can provide many health benefits to those suffering from morbid obesity. The surgery, however, is not without potential complications. This clinical observation describes a patient who experienced gait disturbances, lower extremity weakness, and neuropathy which led to a diagnosis of copper deficiency less than 2 years following a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. Neurological symptoms were improved within 2 months of copper supplementation. The need to monitor patients for less common micronutrient deficiencies such as copper following Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is reinforced by this case.

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