Can salivary lead be used for biological monitoring of lead exposed individuals?

@article{Koh2003CanSL,
  title={Can salivary lead be used for biological monitoring of lead exposed individuals?},
  author={David Koh and Vivian T Ng and Lay Ha Chua and Y Yang and Her Yam Ong and Sin Eng Chia},
  journal={Occupational and environmental medicine},
  year={2003},
  volume={60 9},
  pages={696-8}
}
BACKGROUND Measurement of blood lead (BPb) is the usual method for biomonitoring of persons exposed to inorganic lead. AIM To explore the use of salivary lead (SPb) as an alternative. METHODS BPb and SPb levels were measured in a group of 82 lead exposed adults. RESULTS The mean BPb of the workers was 26.6 microg/dl (SD 8.6, range 10-48) and the mean SPb level 0.77 microg/dl, or 3% of the BPb level. As the SPb distribution was skewed, logarithmic transformation was performed to normalise… CONTINUE READING

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