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Selenium

Blood Sciences Test


Specimen

Serum

Units

umol/L

Reference Range

Age Serum selenium (┬Ámol/L)
Under 6 months 0.30 – 0.54
6 months – 2 years 0.38 – 0.74
5 – 15 years 0.80 – 1.22
16 years and over 0.80 – 1.40

Test Usage

Selenium is an antioxidant and is an essential trace element in humans and animals, entering the food chain through plants. In the Keshan province
of China, an endemic cardiomyopathy has been attributed to the region’s severe soil selenium deficiency. It has been suggested that lesser degrees
of deficiency contribute to health problems in western countries including subfertility, cancer and heart disease.

Brazil nuts are a rich natural source of selenium.

Turnaround time

28 days

Availability

Referred test

Can be added on to an existing request up to 4 days following sample receipt

Assayed By

Trace Element Laboratory, Medical Biochemistry Department, University Hospital Cardiff

Tel 029 20 74 8370/1

Minimum Repeat Interval

14 days

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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