Levels of serum lithium in manic depressive patients with mild persistent bronchial asthma


  • Subhramay Chatterjee Department of Biochemistry, Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital, Berhampore, West Bengal, India
  • Sandip Chakraborti Department of Biochemistry, NRS Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India




Bronchial asthma, Lithium, Manic depressive


Background: Lithium, widely used in manic depressive (MD) patients, might protect the airways against constrictor stimuli in bronchial asthma (BA), through its effects on cell signal transduction and ion transport pathways.

Methods: Serum lithium levels were studied in MD patients with better controlled mild persistent BA (group A) and MD patients with not so well controlled BA (group B).

Results: Serum lithium levels were highly significantly more in group A compared to lithium levels in group B.

Conclusions: Lithium may inhibit the contractile response of airway smooth muscle and can be used in treatment / monitoring of BA.


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How to Cite

Chatterjee, S., & Chakraborti, S. (2020). Levels of serum lithium in manic depressive patients with mild persistent bronchial asthma. International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, 8(3), 1034–1037. https://doi.org/10.18203/2320-6012.ijrms20200776



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