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Lead, Cadmium, Copper and Zinc Concentrations in Blood and Hair of Mothers of Children with Locomotor System Malformations
J. Popko1*, S. Olszewski1, K. Hukałowicz2, R. Markiewicz2, M. H. Borawska2, P. Szeparowicz1
 
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1Department of Pediatric Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Medical University in Białystok,
J. Waszyngtona 17, 15-274 Białystok, Poland
2Department of Bromatology Medical University in Białystok,
Kilinskiego 1, 15-089 Białystok, Poland
 
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2003;12(3):375–379
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Cadmium, copper and zinc concentrations in the blood and hair of 51 women after delivery of children with locomotor system malformations (Group I) and, as a control, 46 women who gave birth to healthy children (Group II) were different but none of the values were statistically significant. However, lead con-centrations in the blood and the hair of women from the Group I (median: 109.63 ěg/L and 1.31 ěg/g) were notably higher than in Group II (median: 66.45 ěg/L and 0.58 ěg/g, respectively). Maternal lead concentra-tions in the blood of 17 women from Group I decreased to 60.73 ěg/L, and in their hair to 1.20 ěg/g after 12 months. We observed a significant correlation between lead concentrations and copper levels in the hair of the mothers.
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