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CASE REPORT
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 283-284

Paradise Nut Paradox: Alopecia Due to Selenosis from a Nutritional Therapy


1 Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Sri Gokulam Hospitals and Research Institute, Salem, India
2 Neurosciences, Manipal Hospital, Salem, India
3 Division of Clinical Toxicology, UCSF Fresno Medical Center, Fresno, California, USA
4 Internal Medicine, Chennai Medical College Hospital and Research Center, Irungalur, Trichy, India

Correspondence Address:
Subramanian Senthilkumaran
Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, Sri Gokulam Hospital and Research Institute, Salem - 636 004, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-7753.111206

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Selenium is a micronutrient. It presents a nutritional conundrum because of its twin status as an essential as well as a highly toxic trace element. Here, we report a case of acute non-intentional selenium toxicity due to increased ingestion of "paradise nuts" (Lecythis ollaria) which resulted in massive alopecia.


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