Keshan disease
Condition caused by deficiency of the essential mineral selenium. Keshan disease is a potentially fatal form of cardiomyopathy (disease of the heart muscle). It was first observed in Keshan province in China and since has been found elsewhere (including New Zealand and Finland) in areas where the selenium level in the soil is low.

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a fatal, congestive cardiomyopathy caused by deficiency of essential trace elements in the diet; it primarily affects children and women of childbearing age and occurs in areas with low soil trace elements, such as parts of China, New Zealand, and Finland.

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