Plasma free carnitine levels in children with malnutrition

Turk J Pediatr. Apr-Jun 1994;36(2):133-7.


In this study, plasma free carnitine and albumin levels were measured in children with protein-energy malnutrition (PEM). A total of 71 children with malnutrition were studied. The control group consisted of 20 healthy children. The mean plasma carnitine level was 78.4 +/- 1.94 nmol/ml in the control group. Marasmus and kwashiorkor patients displayed lower plasma free carnitine values, which were found to be statistically significant when compared to those of the control (P < 0.001). However, the values were significantly lower in kwashiorkor patients than in marasmic cases (29.7 > 5.46). There was no correlation between serum albumin and free carnitine levels in cases with kwashiorkor.

MeSH terms

  • Carnitine / blood*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Kwashiorkor / blood
  • Protein-Energy Malnutrition / blood*
  • Serum Albumin / analysis*


  • Serum Albumin
  • Carnitine