Coenzyme Q10 deficiency in septic shock patients

Crit Care. 2011;15(5):194. doi: 10.1186/cc10429. Epub 2011 Oct 4.


Donnino and colleagues provide new insights into the field of oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction during septic shock. These authors suggest a coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) deficiency in patients with septic shock. Larger prospective observational trials measuring CoQ10 in patients with septic shock are required to confirm the possibility of CoQ10 depletion. This study is a new step toward a study testing CoQ10 as a potential therapeutic agent for patients with septic shock.

Publication types

  • Editorial
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / complications*
  • Male
  • Shock, Septic / physiopathology*
  • Ubiquinone / analogs & derivatives*
  • Vitamins / blood*


  • Vitamins
  • Ubiquinone