Selenium. Nutritional, toxicologic, and clinical aspects

West J Med. 1990 Aug;153(2):160-7.


Despite the recent findings of environmental contamination, selenium toxicosis in humans is exceedingly rare in the United States, with the few known cases resulting from industrial accidents and an episode involving the ingestion of superpotent selenium supplements. Chronic selenosis is essentially unheard of in this country because of the typical diversity of the American diet. Nonetheless, because of the growing public interest in selenium as a dietary supplement and the occurrence of environmental selenium contamination, medical practitioners should be familiar with the nutritional, toxicologic, and clinical aspects of this trace element.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Carcinogens, Environmental
  • Environmental Exposure
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / prevention & control
  • Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Selenium* / administration & dosage
  • Selenium* / pharmacokinetics
  • Selenium* / pharmacology
  • Selenium* / toxicity


  • Carcinogens, Environmental
  • Selenium