Vitamin E measurement is used in the evaluation of patients with motor and sensory neuropathies, in the investigation of hypovitaminosis and toxic hypervitaminosis, in the monitoring of supplement therapy, and in the evaluation of patients with intestinal fat malabsorption.
Vitamin E (tocopherol) is a fat-soluble vitamin found in foods such as green vegetables, cereals, eggs, oils, liver, chicken, and fish. Vitamin E prevents the oxidation of vitamin A, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), and cell membrane phospholipids from free oxygen radicals. It is necessary for the proper functioning of the reproductive system, the growth of muscles, and the resistance of the red blood cell membranes to hemolysis.
Vitamin E deficiency causes hemolytic anemia and neurological abnormalities.
Possible Interpretations of Pathological Values
- Increase: Excessive intake of vitamin E supplements
- Decrease: Chronic alcoholism, certain neurological degenerative diseases, malabsorption caused by bile deficiency in the intestine (biliary atresia, cystic fibrosis)
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Laboratory test results should not be interpreted from the numerical result of a single analysis. Test results should be interpreted in relation to each individual case and family history, clinical findings, and the results of other laboratory tests and information. Your personal physician should explain the importance of your test results.
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