Level of serum heavy metal concentration in pregnant and non-pregnant women of district Sargodha: A comparative study

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Level of serum heavy metal concentration in pregnant and non-pregnant women of district Sargodha: A comparative study

Faiza Zubair, Naila Amjad, Ammara Nawaz, Shafaat Yar Khan, Muhammad Arshad, Noor Nasir Khattak, Muhammad Saleem Khan
Int. J. Biosci.10( 3), 350-356, March 2017.
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In present study, level of some heavy metals was evaluated among pregnant females living in industrial areas and compared with non-pregnant females in University of Sargodha. Blood samples were collected from females of different age group. The samples were processed through wet acid digestion and flame Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy was used for comparison. The mean values of blood Pb (104.4±78.1ppm), Zn (51.9±61ppm), Cd (31.2±19.9ppm) and Cr (10.5±10.7ppm) was significantly higher in pregnant females as compared to non-pregnant females. The present study concludes that increased blood level of Pb, Cd, Cr and decrease level of Cu may be a risk factor for pregnant females.


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