Uremic Toxins pp 145-147 | Cite as

Is Selenium Deficiency the Cause of Uraemic Cardiomyopathy?

  • E. R. Maher
  • B. Sampson
  • J. R. Curtis
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 223)


We studied the relationship between serum selenium (Se) and left ventricular performance in 33 patients on maintenance haemodialysis. Low serum Se was frequent. However, there were no significant differences in echocardiographic indices of left ventricular function between patients with serum Se <0.9 umol/1 and those with serum Se >0.9 umol/1. We conclude that Se deficiency is not an important cause of cardiac failure in uraemia.


Selenium Deficiency Serum Selenium Maintenance Haemodialysis Keshan Disease Home Parenteral Nutrition 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. R. Maher
    • 1
  • B. Sampson
    • 1
  • J. R. Curtis
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Medicine and Chemical PathologyCharing Cross HospitalLondonEngland

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