An Occidental Case of Cardiomyopathy and Selenium Deficiency


Journal Article

SELENIUM is a trace element that until recently has been considered unimportant in human nutrition, except when ingested in excessive amounts. 1 During the past decade, Chinese investigators have shown that selenium deficiency is one of the principal factors responsible for Keshan disease, a “dilated” (congestive) cardiomyopathy that affects persons (mainly children and young women) living in rural areas of a selenium-deficient zone in China. 234 This report describes an Occidental patient in whom selenium deficiency became associated with dilated cardiomyopathy. Case Report A 43-year-old man had been receiving parenteral alimentation for two years (one liter of FreAmine 11 [an amino acid. © 1981, Massachusetts Medical Society. All rights reserved.

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Cited Authors

  • Johnson, RA; Baker, SS; Fallon, JT; Maynard, EP; Ruskin, JN; Wen, Z; ge, K; Cohen, HJ

Published Date

  • May 14, 1981

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 304 / 20

Start / End Page

  • 1210 - 1212

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1533-4406

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0028-4793

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1056/NEJM198105143042005

Citation Source

  • Scopus