SELENIUM, VITAMIN E AND COPPER IN MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Authors

  • J. Wikström,

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    1. Department of Neurology, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland and Research, Department, Rinnekoti Institution for the Mentally Retarded, Espoo, Finland.
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  • T. Westermarcik,

    1. Department of Neurology, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland and Research, Department, Rinnekoti Institution for the Mentally Retarded, Espoo, Finland.
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  • J. Palo

    1. Department of Neurology, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland and Research, Department, Rinnekoti Institution for the Mentally Retarded, Espoo, Finland.
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Department of Ncurology, University Clinic, Haartmanink. 4, SF 000290 Helsinki, Finland.

ABSTRACT

There has been accumulation of the nutritional muscular dystrophy of the cattle in a certain western district of Finland where the prevalence of multiple sclerosis (MS) is also highest. This animal disease is due to lack of selenium (Se) and vitamin E. The Se content of whole blood was low (52.8 ± 11.3 ng/ml) in MS patients from this high-risk area compared to the controls (68.8 ± 11.0). The data for serum failed to confirm this tendency. All Se values appeared to he lower than international values suggested. The values for hoth vitamin E and copper were within the international normal range.

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