Original Articles

Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 53, Issue 1, pp 51-56

Plasma selenium levels in rheumatoid arthritis

  • Kader KöseAffiliated withDepartment of Biochemistry, Erciyes University, Faculty of Medicine
  • , Pakize DoĝanAffiliated withDepartment of Biochemistry, Erciyes University, Faculty of Medicine
  • , Yildiz KardasAffiliated withDepartment of Physics Therapy and Rehabilitation, Erciyes University, Faculty of Medicine
  • , Recep SaraymenAffiliated withDepartment of Biochemistry, Erciyes University, Faculty of Medicine

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Abstract

The plasma selenium (Se) levels were determined in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and healthy controls. Plasma Se levels in 60 patients were found to be significantly lower than those in 60 normal, healthy controls (p<0.001). Similar significant differences were determined in sex-matched comparisons between patients and controls (p<0.001) but there was no significant difference in plasma Se levels in sex-matched comparisons in both groups (p>0.05).

Our results suggest that Se is an important factor in RA.

Index Entries

Plasma selenium rhematoid arthritis