Heavy metals and other trace elements in the blood and breast milk from two different romanian areas

Larisa Prioteasa1,2,3, Mariana Prodana2,3, Ioana Demetrescu2,3, Daniela Ionita2,3, Traian Maier4, Marcel Moisa4

1 National Institute of Public Health, 1-3, Dr. Leonte Anastasievici Str., 050463 Bucharest, Romania
2 University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, 1-7, Polizu Str., 011061, Bucharest, Romania
3 University Politehnica of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, 1-7, Polizu Str., 011061, Bucharest, Romania
4 Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology Prof. Dr. Panait Sarbu, 5, Calea Giulesti Str., 60274 Bucharest, Romania

Abstract


In order to highlight the impact of environmental pollution for Romanian nursing mothers we evaluated the concentration of heavy metals and trace elements in their blood and breast milk. The evaluation was done taking into account the pollution level of mother s residence: Bucharest (an industrial and heavy transited town, identified as the highly polluted area) and a small town (without industrial plants, identified as less polluted area). The determination of heavy metals and trace elements was performed by induced coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Comparing the mean concentrations for the more toxic elements, in Bucharest and in the small town in colostrum, respectively, we found: Cd (0.6 g/L vs 0.3 g/L), Pb (

Keywords


blood; breast milk; heavy metals; ICP-MS; pollution

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