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PAOLIELO, Monica M. B. et al. Lead reference values in the blood of the urban population. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1997, vol.31, n.2, pp.144-148. ISSN 0034-8910.

INTRODUCTION: The lead reference values for blood used in Brazil come from studies conducted in other countries, where socioeconomic, clinical, nutritional and occupational conditions are significantly different. In order to guarantee an accurate biomonitoring of the population which is occupationally exposed to lead, a major health concern of the studied community, reference values for individuals who are not occupationally exposed and who live in the southern region of the city were established. MATERIAL AND METHOD: The sample was composed of 206 subjects of at least 15 years of age. Various strategies were employed to assure good-quality sampling. Subjects who presented values outside clinical or laboratory norms were excluded, as well as those whose specific activities might interfere with the results. RESULTS: Lead reference values for blood were found to be from 2.40 to 16.6 µg.dL-1, obtained by the interval Image896.gif (851 bytes) ± 2s (where Image896.gif (851 bytes) is the mean and s is the standard deviation form observed values) and the median was 7.9 µg.dL-1.

Palavras-chave : Lead poisoning [blood]; Reference values.

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