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J Dermatol. 1992 Feb; 19(2): 87-93.

Detection of selenium in generalized and localized argyria: report of four cases with X-ray microanalysis.

Matsumura T, Kumakiri M, Ohkawara A, Himeno H, Numata T, Adachi R.

Department of Dermatology, Hokkaido University School of Medicine, Sapporo, Japan.

Electron microscopic and X-ray microanalytic studies were performed on four cases of argyria; one generalized and three localized. Deposition of electron dense granules was predominantly found on elastic fibers and around basal laminas of secretory portions of eccrine glands, although the amount of deposition was much less in the case of generalized argyria. In all four cases, X-ray microanalysis revealed that the depositions consisted mainly of silver, selenium, and sulfur. The importance of selenium in the detoxification of heavy metals was discussed.


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