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Determination of Trace Elements in Human Tissue. I. Cd, Fe, Zn, Mg, and Ca

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Human tissues obtained at autopsy were analyzed for Cd, Fe, Zn, Mg, and Ca using atomic absorption spectrophotometry. The tissues analyzed included thoracic aorta collected from 46 subjects ranging in age from 1 to 91 years and lung, myocardium, and spleen collected from each of 26 additional subjects ranging in age from 5 months gestation to 78 years. The category of diseases included atherosclerotic heart disease (ASHD), malignancy (CA), and a miscellaneous group. The levels of the above elements are tabulated for the tissues indicated.

Keywords: Analyses for Cd, Ca, Fe, Mg, Zn; Atomic absorption; Human tissues

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Chemistry Department, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois 60626 2: Nuclear Medicine and Research Services, Veterans Administration Hospital, Hines, Illinois 60141

Publication date: September 1, 1972

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