Cadmium and lead levels in human liver and kidney samples obtained from Bursa Province

Yilmaz O.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH RESEARCH, vol.12, no.2, pp.181-185, 2002 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


Autopsy samples of liver and kidney from 43 Turk cadavers obtained from the Department of Forensic Medicine of Bursa City were analysed for cadmium and lead. All subjects were born between 1918 and 1982. The means of cadmium residue levels were found to be 0.63235+/-0.06345 ppm in the liver and 0.8507+/-0.077 ppm in the kidney. The means of lead residue levels were measured as 0.44675+/-0.0591 ppm in the liver and 0.42905+/-0.0528 ppm in the kidney. In addition, the cadavers were grouped according to sex, age and place of dwelling, city or village. Although samples contained both of the metals in their normal levels, it was concluded that these results do not indicate whether both of the metals will be a serious threat to public health in the future.