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The effect of high-dose parenteral sodium selenite in critically ill patients following sepsis: A clinical and mechanistic study

Mohammad Abdollahi, Legese Chelkeba, Arezoo Ahmadi, Atabak Najafi, Mohammad Hosein Ghadimi, Reza Mosaed, Mojtaba Mojtahedzadeh

Keywords : High mobility group box-1 protein, mortality, selenium, sepsis, septic shock, severe sepsis, superoxide dismutase

Citation Information : Abdollahi M, Chelkeba L, Ahmadi A, Najafi A, Ghadimi MH, Mosaed R, Mojtahedzadeh M. The effect of high-dose parenteral sodium selenite in critically ill patients following sepsis: A clinical and mechanistic study. Indian J Crit Care Med 2017; 21 (5):287-293.

DOI: 10.4103/ijccm.IJCCM_343_16

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-05-2018

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).


Introduction: Severe sepsis and septic shock is characterized by inflammation and oxidative stress. Selenium levels have been reported to be low due to loss or increased requirements during severe sepsis and septic shock. We investigated the effect of high-dose parenteral selenium administration in septic patients. Methods: A prospective, randomized control clinical trial was performed in septic patients. After randomization, patients in selenium group received high-dose parenteral sodium selenite (2 mg intravenous [IV] bolus followed by 1.5 mg IV continuous infusion daily for 14 days) plus standard therapy and the control group received standard therapy. The primary endpoint was mortality at 28 days. Changes in the mean levels of high mobility group box-1 (HMGB-1) protein and superoxide dismutase (SOD), duration of vasopressor therapy, incidence of acute renal failure, and 60 days′ mortality were secondary endpoints. Results: Fifty-four patients were randomized into selenium group (n = 29) and control group (n = 25). There was no significant difference in 28-day mortality. No significant difference between the two groups with respect to the average levels of HMGB-1 protein and SOD at any point in time over the course of 14 days had observed. Conclusion: In early administration within the first 6 h of sepsis diagnosis, our study demonstrated that high-dose parenteral selenium administration had no significant effect either on 28-day mortality or the mean levels of HMGB-1 and SOD (Trial Registration: IRCT201212082887N4 at WHO Clinical Trial Registry, August 29, 2014).

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