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Zinc Intoxication and Copper Deficiency Associated with Coin Swallowing

Specialty:

Gastroenterology
Nephrology, Urology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pedatrics, Genetics
Neurology, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology & Otolaryngology
General Surgery & Anesthesiology

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Description:

A person who swallows certain coins may develop zinc intoxication, which can result in copper deficiency. Zinc induces production of metallothionein in enterocytes and this protein tightly binds copper so that it is not available to the body.

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