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Absorption and excretion of mercury in man VII. Significance of mercury in blood.
Goldwater-LJ; Ladd-AC; Jacobs-MB
Arch Environ Health 1964 Dec; 9(6):735-741
The absorption and excretion of mercury (7439976) in man and significance of mercury in blood are described in this report. Data on mercury in the blood of humans are not extensive. Most unexposed, and some exposed humans have no detectable mercury in blood. Mercury levels in blood tend to parallel the severity of exposure. On a group basis, there is fair correlation between levels of mercury in blood and urine. This does not hold for individuals. No evidence has been found that blood levels of mercury rise as duration of exposure increases. Studies of mercury in blood have limited value as a routine industrial hygiene procedure. No evidence was found of any "critical" blood level of mercury with which symptoms of poisoning can be expected to occur. The above conclusions do not necessarily apply to any subjects, human or otherwise, except those included in this report.
NIOSH-Publication; NIOSH-Grant; Toxicity; Concentrations
Issue of Publication
Archives of Environmental Health
Occupational Medicine Columbia Univ 600 West 168 Street New York, NY
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division