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Selenium: A Trace Element with Abundant Potential

A 55-year-old, previously healthy woman sought medical attention concerning a six-week history of diarrhea followed by progressive hair loss. The hair loss began two weeks after the onset of diarrhea...
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Course Authors

Mark Sutter, M.D., and Jennifer Brown, M.D.

Dr. Sutter is Assistant Professor and Medical Toxicologist, Department of Emergency Medicine, and Dr. Brown is Clinical Fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis.

Within the past 12 months, Drs. Sutter and Brown report no commercial conflicts of interest.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, CCME staff and interMDnet staff have nothing to disclose.

Estimated course time: 1 hour(s).

Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center and InterMDnet. Albert Einstein College of Medicine – Montefiore Medical Center is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this Cyberounds®, you should be able to:

  • Describe the role played by selenium in reduction-oxidation (redox) physiology

  • List the classic clinical syndromes of selenium deficiency and toxicity

  • Discuss the specific diseases in which selenium is currently under investigation.



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