Deficiency of selenium and zinc as a causative factor for idiopathic intractable epilepsy

SEVEN M., Basaran S. N. , Cengiz M., Unal S., YUKSEL A.

EPILEPSY RESEARCH, vol.104, pp.35-39, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 104
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2012.09.013
  • Title of Journal : EPILEPSY RESEARCH
  • Page Numbers: pp.35-39


Purpose: The accumulation of free radicals may lead to seizures and increase the risk of their recurrence. Glutathione peroxidase and superoxide dismutase are 2 major enzymes that are involved in antioxidative defense mechanisms. Selenium (Se), zinc (Zn), and copper (Cu) are important trace elements that participate in the structure of these enzymes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the possible associations between trace elements and idiopathic intractable epilepsy (IIE) by comparing the levels of Se, Zn, and Cu between patients with IIE and healthy children.