Calcitonin in Ghanaians and Israelis

Mark N. Lowenthal, Martin Adu Ampofo, Ruth Sheinkin-Kestenbaum, Shraga Shany

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Calcitonin (CT) in serum was measured in a group of (black) Ghanaian traumatic fracture patients (GFP) and in two healthy control groups, (black) Ghanaian (GMS) and (white) Israeli (IMS) medical students. CT (mean ± SD) in GFP, GMS and IMS was, respectively, 17.2 ± 6.4, 15.5 ± 2.8 and 7.6 ± 3.3 pmol/l. The mean difference between the GFP and GMS was not significant, but that between the Ghanaian groups combined and IMS was 8.8 pmol/l, 95% CI 4.1-13.7, P < 0.001. Observations elsewhere that CT levels in adult blacks in the tropics are higher than those in whites are confirmed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-152
Number of pages4
JournalBone and Mineral
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • Calcitonin
  • Fractures
  • Ghanaians
  • Israelis
  • Racial differences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Biochemistry
  • Endocrinology


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