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BLOOD METALS LEVELS IN PATIENTS WITH RETAINED MISSILE

Thamer A Hamdan

Basrah Journal of Surgery مجلة البصرة الجراحية
ISSN: 16833589 Year: 2007 Volume: 13 Issue: 2 Pages: 24-29
Publisher: Basrah University جامعة البصرة

Abstract

Our aim is to investigate the levels of blood lead, serum copper, zinc and iron in patients with ‎retained missile. Blood lead, serum copper, zinc and iron concentrations were measured in 54 ‎patients with retained missile and compared with 60 control apparently healthy individuals by ‎flame atomic absorption spectrophotometry technique. Blood lead levels were significantly ‎higher in the patients than in the controls, while no significant differences in serum copper, iron ‎and zinc concentrations were noticed. There were significant positive correlations between ‎blood lead levels and duration of exposure of the retained missile, as well as the size of ‎retained missile, but insignificant correlation between (copper, iron and zinc) with either the size ‎or the duration of exposure of retained missile was observed. These findings suggest that the ‎patients with retained missile had higher blood lead level and consequently undergoes lead ‎poisoning when compared to the control individuals. Also this data indicates an involvement of ‎size and duration of exposure of retained missile as important factors to lead poisoning.‎