Interrelationships of blood and hair mercury concentrations in a North American population exposed to methylmercury.

@article{Phelps1980InterrelationshipsOB,
  title={Interrelationships of blood and hair mercury concentrations in a North American population exposed to methylmercury.},
  author={R. W. Phelps and Thomas W. Clarkson and T G Kershaw and Barbara Wheatley},
  journal={Archives of environmental health},
  year={1980},
  volume={35 3},
  pages={161-8}
}
Samples of blood and head hair were analyzed for organic and inorganic mercury from a population which consumed large amounts of fish contaminated with methylmercury. Mercury levels in newly formed hair were found to reflect those in blood with the concentration in hair being approximately 300 times that in blood. Organic and inorganic mercury levels were linearly related in both hair and blood samples, with a mean inorganic/organic ration of 0.05 in blood and 0.21 in hair, but individual… CONTINUE READING