Assessment of Serum Ferritin Levels and RBC'S Parameters in Children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Learning disabilities (LD)Author(s): Mohamed Khaled Mohamed Mokhtar*, Lamis H Mekkawy, Reham Ahmed Fahiem, Hassnaa Othman Mohammed, Walaa Ahmed Yousry Kabiel and Mostafa El-Nashar
Objectives: Evaluation of serum Ferritin levels and RBC'S parameters among children with ADHD and LD children, using ferritin levels and RBC’S parameters in order to accept or reject the hypothesis of multifaceted nature of ADHD and LD.
Methodology: A sample of 40 children with ADHD and 40 cases with LD (case group) and 40 control children are subjected to assessment of serum Ferritin and RBC's parameters.
Results: Mean Serum ferritin level among ADHD and LD group were significantly different the mean value among the control group. CBC parameters among ADHD group and LD group (haemoglobin level, RBCs count, MCV and MCH) were significantly different from CBC parameters among the control group.
Conclusions: Serum ferritin and RBC's parameters were significantly lower in ADHD and LD patients compared to non-affected children, Conner test in ADHD was inversely proportional to serum ferritin level so Ferritin as an acute phase reactant gives better picture to iron store in ADHD and LD children so we must Increase screening of iron status and anaemia in ADHD and LD to start iron supplementation as early as possible to reduce symptoms of ADHD and LD patients.