Environmental Geochemistry and Health

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 107–111 | Cite as

Selenium deficiency in Yugoslavia and possible effects on health

  • Z. Maksimovic
  • V. Jovic
  • I. Djujic
  • M. Rsumovic


New data on Se-deficiency in Yugoslavia are presented. The results include Se contents of soils, cereal crops and garlic grown in the investigated soils, and human serum and scalp hair from several towns and regions in this country. All data indicate a serious Se-deficiency. Analyses of human tissues show a very low Se-status of the Yugoslav population. In some regions, Se contents of garlic, grains and human serum and hair are approaching those in the low-selenium zone in China. It is assumed that the very low Se-status of the human population could be a risk factor for the endemic nephropathy and the urinary tract tumours in endemic areas.


Geochemistry Selenium Urinary Tract Human Serum Human Population 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Z. Maksimovic
    • 1
  • V. Jovic
    • 1
  • I. Djujic
    • 2
  • M. Rsumovic
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Mining and GeologyBelgradeYugoslavia
  2. 2.Institute for Nuclear Sciences-VincaBelgradeYugoslavia
  3. 3.The Highway InstituteBelgradeYugoslavia

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