The objective of the research was to study the effectiveness of course application of magnesium and calcium-containing drugs on the background of conventional therapy on the changes in the content of macronutrients in red blood cells and the activity of matrix metalloproteinase - 9 in the patients with a co-existence of undifferentiated connective tissue disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Materials and Methods. All 75 patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease associated with undifferentiated connective tissue disease were divided into three groups: Group I included 25 patients who received Magne-B6 at a dose of 2 tablets 3 times a day in addition to the standard background therapy with “Panocid” at a dose of 40mg once a day; Group II comprised 25 patients who received “Ca-D3 Nycomed” at a dose of 1 tablet 3 times a day in addition to the standard background therapy; Group III included 25 patients who received a combination of “Magne-B6” and “Ca-D3 Nycomed” in addition to the standard background therapy.
Results. In Group I, the proposed complex therapy resulted in a significant increase in Mg2+ by 40.9%. Mg2+ dynamics was less significant in Group II; this index reached the level of 17.9 ± 2.04 µg/g (р"˃0.05); in its turn, Ca2+ level increased to 80.6 ± 2.12 μg/g (p"<0.05) in these patients. Mg2+ and Ca2+ indices showed the most significant positive dynamics in Group III: 21.52 ± 2.47 μg/g (р"<0.05) and 102.7±1.37 µg/g, respectively. After combination treatment, we traced the dynamics of changes in the level of matrix metalloproteinase - 9: it decreased by 39.45% in Group I, by 35.3% in Group II, by 53.18% in Group III and reached the level of 1689.266 ± 14.89 pg/ml, approaching the indicators of the control group.
Сonclusions. Based on the data obtained, it can be argued that simultaneous addition of “Magne-B6” and “Ca-D3 Nikomed” to the standard therapy for gastroesophageal reflux disease in the patients with undifferentiated connective tissue disease contributed to a significant decrease in the level of matrix metalloproteinase-9 resulting in reduced degradation and increasing synthesis of new connective tissue components.
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