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A Method for the Measurement of Mercury in Human Whole Blood

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DOI: 10.4236/ajac.2011.27086    6,294 Downloads   11,820 Views Citations


A method for measuring total mercury in human whole blood using Thermal Decomposi-tion-Amalgamation/ Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry (TDA/AAS) was developed and applied to a study of women that were fish consumers. This method has a limit of detection of 0.33 μg/L. The blood mercury concentrations measured ranged from 0.74 μg/L to 14.80 μg/L, with a mean of 3.36 μg/L. Accuracy was within 15% of the expected value at the lower concentrations and within 10% at higher concentrations. Some 560 analysis were completed in about three weeks and the mean error in precision was 1.8% when measured in duplicate. It was concluded that this method is viable for use in clinical settings, with the benefit of small sample volumes and minimal sample preparation.

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A. Stube, H. Freiser and C. Santerre, "A Method for the Measurement of Mercury in Human Whole Blood," American Journal of Analytical Chemistry, Vol. 2 No. 7, 2011, pp. 752-756. doi: 10.4236/ajac.2011.27086.

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